Covid-19: Five new clusters detected, says Health DG


PETALING JAYA: Five new clusters have been detected in the country, says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic).

The Health director-general said two of the new clusters were detected in Sabah, another two in Selangor while one cluster was detected in Negri Sembilan.

He said in the Sakti cluster that was detected in Lahad Datu, Sabah, the index case was identified through a Covid-19 workplace screening that was conducted on Oct 5.

"All the cases have been admitted to the Lahad Datu Hospital," he said in a statement on Thursday (Oct 29).

As of noon, Dr Noor Hisham said 154 individuals were tested from this cluster, of whom 18 tested positive, 101 tested negative, while 35 other individuals were still waiting for their results.

In another new cluster known as the Tuguson cluster in Kota Belud, Sabah, Dr Noor Hisham said the index case of this cluster was detected through a symptomatic screening of an individual on Oct 15.

He said the individual has been admitted to the Kota Belud Hospital, adding that 146 individuals tested positive for the virus, 18 tested negative, and 128 others were still waiting for their results.

Dr Noor Hisham said the Bah Medan cluster was detected in Sepang, Selangor.

"The index case of this cluster tested positive after a high-risk area (Sabah) screening on Oct 3. A total of 53 individuals have been tested with 20 testing positive, while 32 others are still waiting for their results," he said.

He added that in the new cluster detected in Petaling, Selangor, known as the Taman Laut cluster, the index case was detected through a symptomatic individual screening on Oct 21.

"The individual has been admitted to the Sungai Buloh Hospital. A total of 123 individuals had been screened where six tested positive, 18 tested negative, while 99 others are still waiting for their results," he said.

Dr Noor Hisham also said in the Taman Bunga cluster which was detected in Seremban, Kuala Pilah, and Jelebu in Negri Sembilan involved an index case that tested positive through a symptomatic individual screening on Oct 25.

A total of 55 individuals had been screened where 23 tested positive, 25 tested negative, while seven were still waiting for their results, said Dr Noor Hisham.

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