Covid-19: Six new clusters detected, bringing total active clusters to 99


PETALING JAYA: Six new Covid-19 clusters were reported in five states on Thursday (Oct 22), bringing the number of active clusters nationwide to 99, says Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The new clusters were detected in Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Negri Sembilan and Melaka.

He said one new cluster in Sabah, dubbed the Tinusa cluster, was detected through screening of an individual with symptoms on Oct 6, with 33 close contacts contracting the virus.

The other cluster in Sabah, named the Sauh cluster, is spread across Kota Kinabalu, Papar and Miri. It was detected during screening of an individual with symptoms on Oct 13.

He added that 15 close contacts had so far tested positive for the virus.

The other new cluster, the Jambu cluster, he said was detected in Hulu Langat after a patient, who was due for surgery on Oct 16, was screened and tested positive for the virus.

He said 13 close contacts of the index case had so far tested positive.

He also said a new cluster was also detected involving Hulu Langat, Titiwangsa and Lembah Pantai, which was detected during screening of an individual with symptoms on Oct 23.

He added that 10 positive cases had been identified in this cluster, dubbed the Bah Mutiara cluster.

Dr Noor Hisham said a new cluster was also detected in Seremban, named the Sofi cluster, which was detected during screening of an individual with symptoms on Oct 20.

So far, he said 33 close contacts had tested positive for the virus from this cluster.

He added that a new cluster was also detected in Melaka, named the Umboo cluster, after a detainee at the Immigration Detention Depot in Alor Gajah tested positive.

So far, he said three close contacts of the detainee had tested positive for the virus.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said the cluster with the biggest increase on Thursday was the Kepayan Prison cluster in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, which has 155 new cases, bringing the total number of cases to 582.

He added the Utama cluster which originated from a shopping mall in Selangor has an additional eight cases, bringing the cluster’s total to 206.

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