Covid-19: Three new clusters detected

PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry has detected three new infection clusters, bringing the total number of active clusters in the country to 101.

In a statement, health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said one of the clusters, dubbed the Palma cluster, has cases from the Gombak and Hulu Selangor districts in Selangor as well as Kepong in Kuala Lumpur.

"The index case of this cluster tested positive for Covid-19 during a screening on individuals with symptoms on Oct 17 and was admitted to Sungai Buloh Hospital.

"A screening on close contacts found 12 other positive cases. Another 88 who were screened are still waiting for their results," said Dr Noor Hisham.

Another cluster, the Samudera cluster in Sandakan, Sabah, has eight cases linked to it so far.

Dr Noor Hisham said the index case was also found to be Covid-19 positive during a screening on symptomatic individuals on Oct 20 and was admitted to the Duchess of Kent Hospital in Sandakan.

In the third new cluster, the Jaya cluster, cases were detected in Sepang, Selangor and Seremban, Negri Sembilan.

"The index case was found from a screening conducted at a workplace on Oct 20. Screening conducted on close contacts found eight more positive cases," said Dr Noor Hisham.

There are 34 active clusters that recorded new cases on Friday.

The Kepayan cluster, which involves a prison in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, had the most number of new cases on Friday with 140 infections.

Cumulatively, the cluster has recorded 722 cases with more than 1,400 individuals screened so far.

The Remand Prison cluster in Penang recorded 39 new cases, taking its total to 446.

Another prison cluster, the Tembok cluster in Kedah, recorded only one new case. In total, the cluster has 1,587 cases, and 930 have recovered so far.

Three deaths have been reported from the Tembok cluster.

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