Covid-19: Health Ministry expresses concern over rapid hike in cases linked to Mengketil cluster in Kelantan


  • Nation
  • Friday, 20 Nov 2020

PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry has expressed alarm about a Covid-19 cluster in Kelantan which has seen a rapid hike in the number of cases in just a few days.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in five days, the Mengketil cluster recorded 41 Covid-19 cases across multiple districts and even the state border.

This is also one of the reasons why the government has decided to implement the conditional movement control order (MCO) in Kelantan from Nov 21 to Dec 6.

“The cases in the Mengketil cluster were first detected in the Machang district, but it has since spread to Kota Baru, Tanah Merah, Pasir Mas and Kuala Krai.

“The infection has even made its way to Besut in Terengganu. The cluster has shown a high level of infectivity and there is a huge risk that the spread can be out of control if the conditional MCO is not implemented, ” said Dr Noor Hisham on Friday (Nov 20).

Dr Noor Hisham said on Nov 3, Kelantan had only recorded eight Covid-19 cases in three districts.

However, on Nov 19, the number of active cases in the state has gone up to 73 with the infections spreading across eight districts.

Dr Noor Hisham said the new cases in Kelantan have been found to be originating from Covid-19 red zones such as the Klang Valley.

“There are individuals who travelled to Kelantan from red zones and brought the virus and spread it to their contacts and family members. The cases are found to come from clusters based in the Klang Valley and Negri Sembilan, such as the Cergas, Kaya and Ikhtisas clusters, ” said Dr Noor Hisham.

He urged the people of Kelantan to stay at home as much as possible in order to break the chain of Covid-19 infection in the state.

“It is hoped that in these two weeks, the people of Kelantan should stay at home. If you have to go out, make sure you follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs), ” he said.

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