Covid-19: Seven new clusters detected including one from a supermarket in Selayang

PUTRAJAYA: A Covid-19 cluster linked to a supermarket in Selayang, Selangor has seen 84 infections since Jan 13.

The Jalan Selayang cluster is one of the seven new clusters detected by the Health Ministry on Thursday (Jan 14).

In a statement, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the supermarket involved is located at Jalan Selayang Baru.

He said 511 workers of the supermarket had undergone a targeted Covid-19 screening exercise, and 84 have tested positive so far.

Another cluster, named the Pasir Barat cluster, was detected from a project site in Pasir Gudang, Johor.

Dr Noor Hisham said a targeted screening exercise had been conducted at the site since Dec 21 in phases, and 781 individuals have been tested to date.

A total of 92 positive cases linked to the cluster have been detected.

Another new cluster, named the Tropika cluster, has been detected in Johor Baru and has 55 cases.

Dr Noor Hisham said positive Covid-19 cases were found among detainees of a detention centre, as well as their close contacts.

The cluster’s name refers to Jalan Setia Tropika - the locality of where the cases under the cluster are reported.

A construction site cluster - named the Tapak Bina Dutamas cluster - was also detected in Jalan Dutamas Raya, Segambut, where 18 positive cases have been confirmed to date.

Dr Noor Hisham said two individuals, who are the index cases of this cluster, underwent screening after developing symptoms and subsequently tested positive for Covid-19 on Jan 12.

Meanwhile, a new Covid-19 cluster has also been found at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital and is named the Jalan Pahang cluster.

The index case is a 30-year-old man who developed symptoms and later tested positive for Covid-19 on Jan 8.

So far, 57 close contacts of the index case have been screened, resulting in the discovery of five more positive cases.

The Jalan Rantau-Siliau cluster in Negri Sembilan is linked to factory workers who had undergone a targeted screening exercise.

Dr Noor Hisham said the locality of the cluster is at the Jalan Rantau-Siliau in Bandar Sri Sendayan.

So far, 508 individuals have been screened and 96 positive cases have been found.

In Perak, the Intan Mas cluster has been detected with 15 positive cases confirmed so far.

Dr Noor Hisham said the cluster’s name refers to the Taman Intan Emas housing area in Teluk Intan where the index case lives.

The index case, a 70-year-old man, had undergone screening after developing symptoms and duly tested positive for Covid-19 on Jan 8.

Dr Noor Hisan said currently, there are 276 active Covid-19 clusters nationwide as of Thursday.

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