Covid-19: Many new cases linked to clusters at construction sites in KL, says Health DG


PUTRAJAYA: Clusters linked to construction sites have dominated Friday’s (Dec 4) total of new Covid-19 cases, says the Health Ministry.

Its director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) said the Tapak Bina Puteh Lama cluster in Kuala Lumpur recorded the biggest hike out of all 188 active clusters in the country.

The cluster, which is centred at a construction site in the Lembah Pantai district, Kuala Lumpur, saw 159 new cases.

This brings the cluster’s total of new cases up to 372.

The Tapak Bina Damanlela cluster, linked to a mall construction site in Kuala Lumpur, recorded 58 new infections - making its total confirmed cases to 1,646.

Out of eight new clusters detected by the Health Ministry on Friday - two of them are related to construction sites around Kuala Lumpur.

One of the clusters is named the Tapak Bina Muda cluster, which has 11 confirmed cases in the districts of Titiwangsa, Lembah Pantai and Kepong.

The Tapak Bina Galeri cluster has 16 confirmed cases that are registered in Lembah Pantai and Cheras.

Dr Noor Hisham said both new clusters were detected following Covid-19 screenings conducted on workers based at construction sites.

On the other six new clusters, Dr Noor Hisham said they were dubbed as the Bukit Dalam cluster (Kuala Lumpur, 13 cases), the Cempaka cluster (Johor, 10), the Sungai Cincin cluster (Perak, 15), the Huma cluster (Kelantan, 20), the Jalan Genting cluster (Pahang, 14) and the Atabara cluster (Pahang, five).

Meanwhile, the country’s biggest cluster - the Teratai cluster - has recorded 62 new cases, bringing its total to 5,156 cases.

The cluster is linked to workers of glove manufacturers Top Glove and its cases have spread across Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.

So far, 3,646 patients linked to the cluster have been discharged.

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