Health Ministry: Four out of six new clusters recorded on Friday (Jan 8) linked to workplaces


PETALING JAYA: Six new clusters were recorded in the country, with four linked to workplaces, while three other clusters ended on Friday (Jan 8).

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the six clusters are located in Selangor (three), Kuala Lumpur (two) and Sabah (one).

Dr Noor Hisham said the new Jalan Klinik cluster was a workplace cluster detected in Klang, Selangor.

The cases in this cluster recorded positive cases on Jan 8 through a targeted screening at a factory, he said.

"As of Jan 8, a total of 448 individuals were screened, with 132 testing positive," he said in a statement.

Another workplace cluster, the Tapak Bina Hevea cluster, was found in the Petaling district in Selangor.

He said the cases in this cluster had tested positive for the virus since Dec 28 last year through a targeted screening at a construction site, adding that 650 individuals were screened with 30 testing positive.

Dr Noor Hisham said the new Bukit Belimbing cluster was also linked to a workplace, detected in the Petaling and Klang districts in Selangor.

"As of Jan 8,912 were screened with 33 positive for the virus," he said, adding this was done during targeted screening at a company on Dec 2.

In Kuala Lumpur, Dr Noor Hisham said another workplace cluster known as the Kapital cluster was detected in Lembah Pantai.

He said the index case of this cluster tested positive for the virus on Jan 7 through a symptomatic individual screening, adding that 165 individuals have been screened to date with 72 testing positive.

The new Setapak Indah cluster was found in the Titiwangsa district in Kuala Lumpur.

"The index case of this cluster tested positive for the virus on Jan 7 through self-testing. Forty-three individuals have been screened and 16 tested positive for the virus," he said.

In Sabah, Dr Noor Hisham said the new Kauran cluster was detected in Keningau where the index case tested positive for the virus through a symptomatic individual screening.

"A total of 423 individuals have been screened to date, with 55 testing positive for the virus," he said.

Dr Noor Hisham noted that three clusters, the Jalan Bomba cluster, Makmur cluster, and Tapak Bina Galeri cluster, have ended, bringing the total number of clusters which have ended to 319.

There are currently 257 active clusters in the country with 57 clusters reporting an increase in cases.

The clusters recording the highest number of new cases were the Sungai Putus cluster (374), Jalan Klinik cluster, (132), and Jalan Harapan prison cluster (73).

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