Colleagues of Gemilang cluster index patient in JB screened for Covid-19

JOHOR BARU: The Johor Health Department has conducted screening for workers at a logistics company here, who are colleagues of the Gemilang cluster index patient, after several of its employees tested positive for Covid-19.

Johor health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said the Gemilang cluster was detected on Thursday (Nov 26) and the index case is a worker from the company who tested positive for Covid-19 on Nov 22.

"The worker tested positive for Covid-19 after going through a screening in a private hospital. He was experiencing symptoms such as breathing difficulties.

"Some 25 of his work colleagues then tested positive for Covid-19 following a screening of close contacts. They have since been sent to a hospital for treatment and isolation," he said in a statement Friday (Nov 27).

He added that as of noon Thursday, some 95 close contacts have been screened and a total of 26 positive cases were reported.

"Nineteen positive cases are locals and seven are foreigners. Some 65 individuals are still waiting for their results.

"Following the high number of positive cases, the health department has conducted mass testing on the workers from the company, including its lorry drivers," he said.

He added that the workers have been given Home Surveillance Orders (HSO) to control the spread of the disease.

Vidyananthan said that a total of 60 new Covid-19 cases were detected in Johor on Thursday (Nov 26) with 23 are from the Gemilang cluster, two from contact tracing of positive cases and four from other Covid-19 screening.

He added that there are 12 active Covid-19 clusters in Johor as of Thursday (Nov 26).

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