Covid-19: Eight new clusters detected Tuesday (Oct 21), says Health DG


PETALING JAYA: Eight new Covid-19 clusters have been detected in the country with more than half of them coming from Selangor and Kuala Lumpur, says the Health Ministry.

The eight new clusters were discovered in Selangor (3), Sabah (3), Labuan (1), and Kuala Lumpur (1).

In Selangor, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the Long cluster was detected in the Hulu Langat district in Selangor, as well as in Lembah Pantai and Kepong in Kuala Lumpur.

"The index case of this cluster was detected through a screening of a symptomatic individual on Oct 12.

"As of noon on Oct 21, a total of 301 individuals have been tested where 18 tested positive, 260 tested negative, and 23 others were still waiting for their results," he said during the Ministry's Facebook live press conference on Wednesday (Oct 21).

In the Cahaya cluster, Dr Noor Hisham said this new cluster involves the district of Petaling, Selangor, as well as in Tampin, Negeri Sembilan.

He said that the index case of this cluster was identified through a screening of a symptomatic individual on Oct 16.

A total of 84 individuals from this cluster have been screened, of which 18 tested positive, three tested negative while 63 others were still waiting for their results.

He added that in the Bah Kota cluster which was detected in Sepang, Selangor, and Seremban, Negri Sembilan, 10 have tested positive while 161 others were still waiting for their results.

He said the index case of this cluster was detected also from a screening of a symptomatic individual on Oct 14.

In the Melati cluster detected in Kuala Lumpur and in Klang, Selangor, the index case of this cluster was identified through a screening on a symptomatic individual on Oct 14 and to-date nine have tested positive while 15 others were waiting for their results, he added.

Dr Noor Hisham also spoke of the the new clusters in Sabah, saying that the Basung cluster was detected in Kudat, Sabah involving a fishing jetty.

He said 19 positive cases were identified through a targeted screening on individuals involved in the fish business in Kudat.

"As of noon, Oct 21, a total of 174 individuals have been screened in which 19 were tested positive, 148 tested negative, while 7 others were still waiting for their results," he said.

The Inai cluster, Dr Noor Hisham said, was also detected from Kudat involving an index case who was tested positive following a screening of the symptomatic individual on Oct 14.

"A total of 92 individuals have been tested of which eight tested positive while 84 others were waiting for their results," he said.

In another cluster in Sabah, Dr Noor Hisham said the Tempayan cluster was detected in Kota Kinabalu and in Penampang.

He added that the index case was identified through a screening on a symptomatic individual on Oct 1, adding that 19 individuals have been tested negative, one tested negative while another individual was still waiting for results.

Dr Noor Hisham also said that the Bina Labuan cluster was detected from an index case that was identified through a hospital admittance screening on Oct 21.

However, Dr Noor Hisham said the individual died on the same day at the Labuan Hospital.

"Some 60 individuals have been tested where five have been tested positive while 55 others are waiting for their results," he said.

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