Covid-19: Four new clusters identified, says Health Ministry

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  • Wednesday, 09 Dec 2020

PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry has identified four new Covid-19 clusters in the country on Wednesday (Dec 9), including another one that is linked to a construction site.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the Tapak Bina Ikon Bintang cluster was detected from a Covid-19 targeted screening activity at a construction site in Kuala Lumpur.

“This cluster involves the districts of Lembah Pantai and Kepong. After 532 workers of the site were tested for Covid-19, 12 individuals were confirmed positive,” said Dr Noor Hisham at the ministry’s Covid-19 press briefing here.

The other three new clusters were discovered in Sabah, Johor and Negri Sembilan.

The new Sabah cluster has been named the Kupi-Kupi cluster and originated from two men in Penampang aged 57 and 58 who developed symptoms and tested positive for Covid-19 on Dec 2.

Screening conducted on their close contacts found 10 more Covid-19 cases.

He added that the Bandar Impian cluster in Johor started from a 50-year-old woman in Kluang who was screened for Covid-19 after developing a severe acute respiratory infection (SARI).

The woman tested positive on Dec 1 and Covid-19 screening on 58 close contacts found eight more confirmed cases.

He then said that the Jalan Kemang cluster in Port Dickson, Negri Sembilan has a total of 19 confirmed Covid-19 cases.

Dr Noor Hisham also announced that four clusters have been declared as closed, after recording zero cases for 28 days straight.

They are the Gala cluster (Negri Sembilan, 15 cases), Harmoni cluster (Putrajaya, six cases), Mahkota cluster (Selangor, 10 cases) and Bah Kenangan cluster (Selangor, 29 cases).

Currently, there are 185 active clusters nationwide.

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