PETALING JAYA: Three new Covid-19 clusters have cropped up around the country, bringing the total number of currently active clusters to 77, says the Health Ministry.
Its director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the index case for the new Lekir cluster in Manjung, Perak tested positive for Covid-19 after undergoing a screening for symptomatic individuals on Wednesday (Oct 14).
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"The patient was admitted to the Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital, and close contact screening found five more positive cases.
"As of Friday (Oct 16) noon, a total of 144 individuals were screened," said Dr Noor Hisham in a press conference on Friday (Oct 16).
Out of this, six in the Lekir cluster tested positive and two negative, while another 136 were still waiting for their results, he said.
Meanwhile, the Buntar cluster involved the areas of Kuala Muda in Kedah, Kerian district in Perak and Putrajaya, with eight people testing positive so far.
The index case for the Buntar cluster was also detected following a screening for symptomatic individuals on Thursday (Oct 15) and was admitted to Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah in Kedah.
A total of 51 people in the cluster had been screened as of Friday noon (Oct 16), with eight found positive and 43 still awaiting results, said Dr Noor Hisham.
The third new cluster is the Merbok cluster, involving the districts of Kuala Langat, Klang, Kuala Selangor and Petaling, all in Selangor.
"The index case for this cluster was identified to be Covid-19 positive following a screening for symptomatic patients on Oct 9 and was admitted to Hospital Sungai Buloh.
"Close contact screening has identified eight more positive cases, and as of Friday (Oct 16) noon, a total of 270 individuals have been screened.
"Out of this, nine tested positive and 261 individuals are still waiting for the results," said Dr Noor Hisham.
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