Covid-19: 12 new clusters, total of 284 active nationwide


PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry has discovered 12 new Covid-19 clusters, bringing the number of active ones to 284 nationwide.

The 12 new clusters are Jalan Telok Gong (Selangor, 108 cases), Lingkaran Lintang (Selangor, 25 cases), Persiaran Selatan (Johor, 61 cases), Jalan Kluang (Johor, 18 cases), Kampung Perani (Johor, 18 cases), Ladang Baturong (Sabah, 54 cases), Ladang Matamba (Sabah, 20 cases), Tapak Bina Damai (Kuala Lumpur, 130 cases), Pondok Hidayah (Kelantan, 15 cases), Kota Road (Perak, 18 cases), Tembok Kemus (Melaka, 22 cases), and Restoran Putra (Putrajaya, 19 cases).

In a statement Friday (Jan 15), Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also said four clusters – Bah Medan, Jalan Dalam, Nibong, Dermaga – had ended after recording zero cases for 28 days straight.

On existing active clusters, Dr Noor Hisham said the one with the biggest increase on Friday was the Bukit Pasir cluster in Johor, which recorded 171 new cases.

The Bukit Pasir cluster was first detected on Dec 28 and is linked to a workplace in Muar.

To date, it has 1,640 confirmed cases.

The country's biggest cluster – the Teratai cluster – recorded 27 new cases on Friday.

Linked to glove manufacturers Top Glove, the Teratai cluster has 6,934 confirmed cases since it was first classified by the Health Ministry on Nov 7.

On the new clusters, Dr Noor Hisham said the Jalan Telok Gong cluster is linked to a factory and workers' hostel in Kampung Telok Gong in Port Klang.

The workers of the factory had undergone a targeted Covid-19 screening since Jan 15, with 191 tested so far and 108 positive cases detected.

The Lingkaran Lintang cluster also involved a targeted screening exercise on workers, involving employees of another factory in Port Klang.

Since Jan 15,205 individuals have been screened of whom 25 tested positive.

The Persiaran Selatan cluster involves workers of a construction site at Persiaran Southkey in Johor Baru.

Some 209 workers had undergone a targeted screening exercise and 61 of them tested positive.

The Jalan Kluang cluster is linked to a factory in Batu Pahat, Johor.

Its index case is a 26-year-old foreigner who developed symptoms and later tested positive for Covid-19 on Jan 11.

A screening conducted on the man's colleagues at the factory found 17 more positive cases.

The Kampung Perani cluster is linked to a mosque in Bandar Sri Perani in Kota Tinggi, Johor.

The cluster's index case is a 28-year-old woman who developed symptoms and was confirmed positive for Covid-19 on Dec 30.

Tests on her family and social contacts found 17 more positive cases.

The Ladang Baturong cluster is linked to a function in Kunak, Sabah.

The case originated from a 42-year-old man who developed symptoms and tested positive on Jan 9.

The infection then spread to workers living at the IOI Baturong 3 plantation in Kunak.

Screening was conducted on 1,625 individuals and 54 positive cases have been found so far.

The Ladang Matamba cluster is linked to a plantation in Lahad Datu where workers had undergone a targeted screening exercise since Jan 6.

As of Jan 15,89 individuals had been tested and 20 positive cases have been found.

The Tapak Bina Damai cluster is linked to a construction site in Alam Damai, within the Cheras district of Kuala Lumpur.

A targeted screening exercise was conducted on 161 workers, with 130 confirmed as positive.

The Pondok Hidayah cluster was found in Machang, Kelantan.

The index case is a 65-year-old man who is a Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (Sari) patient and was screened for Covid-19.

After testing positive on Jan 11, about 100 of the man's social and family contacts have been screened.

The cluster now has 15 confirmed cases.

The Kota Road cluster is linked to a bank in Jalan Kota, Taiping, where the 41-year-old index case works.

The man developed symptoms and tested positive on Jan 9.

A total of 54 close contacts were identified and a total of 18 confirmed cases are now linked to this cluster.

The Tembok Kemus cluster is linked to the A'Famosa satellite prison in Alor Gajah, Melaka.

A screening on detainees since Jan 14 has discovered 22 positive cases under this cluster.

The Restoran Putra cluster is linked to a restaurant in Precinct 9, Putrajaya.

The index case, a 41-year-old man, is a SARI patient who tested positive for Covid-19 on Jan 4.

A total of 29 social contacts were identified and screened, with 19 positive cases confirmed.

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