Health DG: Three Covid-19 clusters in Sabah, Kedah and Penang end

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  • Thursday, 12 Nov 2020

PETALING JAYA: Three Covid-19 clusters in Sabah, Kedah and Penang have ended after no new cases were detected in 28 days.

However, a new cluster was identified in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah as of noon Thursday (Nov 12).

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) said the clusters that have ended are the Pulau, Bah Rose and Bah Ketil clusters.

“As of Thursday, the Pulau cluster in Sabah had seen 1,036 people screened, 53 tested positive and the rest negative. No death was reported.

“For the Bah Rose cluster involving Kedah and Penang, a total of 563 people were screened and 15 people tested positive with no death reported.

“As for the Bah Ketil cluster in Kedah, 490 people were screened, 15 tested positive with no death reported, ” he said in a press briefing on Thursday.

Dr Noor Hisham said that the new Teluk cluster was identified with three index cases that tested positive following workplace screening on Nov 9 and Nov 10.

“Further close contact screenings have found 27 other people tested positive for Covid-19 and all of them have been admitted at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and also the low-risk quarantine and treatment centre at the Likas Sports Complex.

“So far, we have screened 128 people from this cluster with 30 tested positive, ” he said.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham also reminded Malaysians to be wary of non-communicable disease (NCD) in conjunction with the impending celebration of the World Diabetes Day on Nov 14, which is also Deepavali.

He said nurses play an important role in the prevention, screening, treatment and recovery of diabetic patients.

“In appreciation of the nurses, our theme for this year’s celebration is 'Diabetes: Nurses the Pulse for Change'.

“As we are fighting Covid-19, we have to remember that NCD must be controlled too, ” he said, adding that there are so far 3.8 million Malaysians who are diabetic.

“While we celebrate Deepavali, let’s not forget to eat moderately, adhere to the standard operating procedure and undergo health screenings, ” he said.

With the cooperation from Perbadanan Putrajaya, Dr Noor Hisham noted that beginning Thursday night at 7pm until Nov 15, buildings and the surroundings in Putrajaya will light up in blue at night in support and appreciation to the nurses and other frontliners for their tireless efforts in caring for patients with chronic diseases in these challenging times.

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