Covid-19: Four new clusters identified, three come to an end, says Health DG


PETALING JAYA: Four new Covid-19 clusters were recorded in the country on Monday (Nov 23), says Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The four clusters were located in Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur/Selangor, Perak and in Johor.

Dr Noor Hisham said the new cluster, known as the Bintang cluster, was detected among workers at a construction site in Lembah Pantai, KL.

"The cases in this cluster tested positive between Nov 17 and Nov 23 through a targeted screening in the area.

"As of Nov 23,608 individuals had been screened, and 95 tested positive," he said during his Covid-19 media briefing on Monday.

Dr Noor Hisham added that 94 of the cases involved foreigners while one was a Malaysian.

In the new cluster known as the Indah Mas cluster, Dr Noor Hisham said it was detected in Titiwangsa and Kepong, Kuala Lumpur, as well as in Petaling, Selangor.

He said the index case of this cluster tested positive through a symptomatic individual screening on Nov 21.

To date, Dr Noor Hisham said 41 individuals have been screened, of whom 10 have tested positive.

In Perak, he said the new cluster known as the Teja Kasih cluster was detected in Kampar and Kinta.

"The index case tested positive through a symptomatic individual screening on Nov 16," he said, adding that 130 individuals have been screened with 41 testing positive for the virus.

In Johor, Dr Noor Hisham said the new cluster, dubbed the Kobena cluster, was identified in Johor Baru.

The index case in this cluster, he said, was detected through a Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) screening on Nov 20.

He said 111 individuals have been screened, where 13 tested positive.

Dr Noor Hisham also said three clusters, the Jambul cluster, Surat cluster, and the Hampar cluster had ended on Monday, bringing the total clusters which have ended to 166.

There are currently 168 active clusters in the country with 48 clusters reporting an increase in cases.

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