Covid-19: Kempas cluster sees spike from eight to 22 cases within a day


JOHOR BARU: The Kempas cluster has seen a spike from eight to 22 cases since it was reported on Saturday (Oct 24).

Johor health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said that as of Monday (Oct 26), the cumulative cases for the Kempas cluster stands at 22 cases involving seven co-workers, 14 of their relatives and a student.

“The number of close contacts that have been identified from the Kempas cluster is about 211 around here in Kulai, Pontian, Selangor and Melaka.

“From this total figure, 63 have tested negative while 148 are still awaiting their respective results, ” he said in a statement on Monday.

Vidyananthan stressed the cause of the infection was still under investigation and the cluster was expected to end on Nov 20.

On Sunday (Oct 25), the number of cases from the Kempas cluster was at eight cases with 198 close contacts identified.

He said the situation in the state was still under control but the authorities were expecting an increase in Covid-19 cases within this short period of time to continue due to imported cases and the strengthening of surveillance activities.

Vidyananthan urged everyone to be calm during this time and not create any panic among the public through the spreading of misinformation.

“Give way to the relevant departments to carry out their duties without any difficulties, ” he added.

He also said the state Health Department called upon the public to always adhere and practise the new norms such as physical distancing, wearing facemasks and make self-hygiene a priority.

Vidyananthan added following such standard operating procedures (SOPs) would help minimise the risk of the disease spreading in the community.

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