PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia reported five new Covid-19 clusters on Friday (Nov 20), bringing the total number of active clusters in the country to 167.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the five new clusters were detected in Sabah, Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Perak and Johor.
The Kasir cluster which was detected in Tawau, Sabah, originated from a 26-year-old Malaysian man who works in a supermarket.
“The index cases tested positive for Covid-19 on Nov 8, through a screening on individuals with symptoms.
“As of Nov 20,143 contacts of the individual have been screened, of whom 28 were detected to be positive for the virus. They have all been admitted to the Tawau Hospital, ” said Dr Noor Hisham at the ministry’s daily press briefing on Covid-19 here.
The Sri Jujur cluster in Selangor involves the district of Klang, Sepang and Petaling.
Its index case is an 18-year-old man who tested positive on Nov 8 following a Covid-19 screening conducted at his workplace.
As of Nov 20, the cluster has been linked to 41 cases mainly from the man’s workplace, including five Malaysians and 36 foreigners.
Another new cluster - dubbed the OAD cluster - started from a 23-year-old woman who tested positive on Nov 10.
The cases had spread from the district of Jelebu to Seremban, Kuala Pilah and Jempol in Negri Sembilan, as well as Hulu Langat in Selangor.
Dr Noor Hisham said out of 73 individuals who have been tested under this cluster, 11 were Covid-19 positive.
“All the cases under the OAD cluster have been admitted to Hospital Tuanku Ja’afar in Seremban, the Tampin Hospital and the Rembau Hospital.
The Enggor cluster which involves the districts of Kerian, Kuala Kangsar, Batang Padang and Kinta in Perak originated from a 37-year-old woman, who tested positive on Nov 13 after developing symptoms.
So far, this cluster has 12 positive cases linked to it and patients are being treated at Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun in Ipoh, the Teluk Intan Hospital and the Taiping Hospital.
The Makmur cluster started from a 55-year-old man in Kulai, Johor who tested positive for the virus on Nov 19 after having symptoms.
So far, five of the man’s contacts out 68 have tested positive for Covid-19.
The cases are being treated at Hospital Sultanah Aminah in Johor Baru and Hospital Enche’ Besar Hajjah Khalsom in Kluang.
Meanwhile, the Sabaru cluster in Lahad Datu, Sabah reported the highest increase in new cases on Friday with 149.
The Health Ministry has also declared that three clusters - Seri Setia, Bina and Bah Bundle - have officially ended after reporting zero cases in 28 consecutive days.
The country has so far seen 157 clusters declared as closed since the pandemic began.