Covid-19: Factory cluster made up about half of Selangor cases


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PUTRAJAYA: About half of Selangor’s new Covid-19 cases are from the Sungai Putus cluster, which is linked to workers of a factory in Klang.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the cluster, which was first classified on Dec 11, recorded 507 new Covid-19 cases on Monday (Dec 21).

It is the largest increase reported by a single cluster on Monday, and also nearly half of Selangor’s 1,204 new cases.

“In total, the cluster has 990 confirmed cases and 2,014 individuals who are linked to the cluster have been screened so far,” said Dr Noor Hisham at the ministry’s Covid-19 briefing here Monday.

The ministry also classified eight new clusters, of which six of them are linked to workplaces in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Labuan.

One of the new workplace clusters, the Pekapuri cluster, is based in Gombak, Selangor and has 202 new cases.

Dr Noor Hisham said the cluster was discovered from a targeted screening exercise at a workplace in which 769 individuals have been screened so far.

Another workplace cluster identified on Monday is the Tower cluster, which has 20 positive cases linked to it so far.

Dr Noor Hisham said the Tower cluster was also discovered from a targeted screening exercise conducted at a workplace, with its 20 cases currently spread from Gombak, Hulu Langat and Sepang in Selangor, to Titiwangsa and Cheras in Kuala Lumpur as well as Temerloh in Pahang.

Up to Monday, 1,154 individuals had been tested in this cluster.

The remaining new clusters are the Tapak Bina Pelangi cluster (Kuala Lumpur, 23 cases), Wawasan cluster (Selangor, six cases), Delima cluster (Kuala Lumpur, nine cases), J Bandar cluster (Labuan, 25 cases) and May Indah cluster (Penang, 27 cases).

Dr Noor Hisham said as at Monday, there are 201 active clusters nationwide.
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