Covid-19: Nine new clusters detected with seven of them linked to workplaces


PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry has detected nine new Covid-19 clusters in the country, bringing the total number of active clusters to 299.

Seven of the new clusters are linked to workplaces located in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Sabah, Pahang and Negri Sembilan - which include construction sites, factories and supermarkets.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement Monday (Jan 18) said a new cluster, named the Taman Tasik Sungai Chua cluster, has 60 confirmed cases.

The cluster is discovered from a targeted screening exercise on Jan 18 conducted at a supermarket.

The name refers to the Taman Tasik Sungai Chua residential area in Kajang, Selangor, where the positive cases live.

A cluster named the Jalan Suria cluster involves a private medical centre in Jalan Suria, Johor Baru.

Dr Noor Hisham said the index case had developed symptoms and tested positive for Covid-19 on Jan 17.

A total of 686 individuals including close contacts were screened, and the cluster now has 24 positive cases confirmed.

The Kafe Genting cluster has 31 cases and involves workers of a cafe in Genting Highlands.

The index case, who is 28 years old, developed symptoms on Dec 28 and tested positive for Covid-19 on Jan 3.

The Jalan TJ cluster has 39 confirmed cases and originated from a 47-year-old factory worker who tested positive on Jan 3.

The factory is located at the Tuanku Jaafar Industrial Area in Seremban, Negri Sembilan.

The Tapak Bina Era Duta cluster has 20 confirmed cases and involves workers of a construction site in Jalan Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.

Some 420 individuals had undergone a targeted screening exercise so far.

The Tapak Bina Jalan Nipah cluster has 29 cases and is also linked to a targeted screening exercise conducted on workers of a construction site.

The site is located in Jalan Nipah, Kuala Lumpur and 517 people have been screened so far.

The Kompleks Segamaha cluster has 58 confirmed cases and is linked to workers of an oil palm estate in Kinabatangan, Sabah.

Some 250 workers have been tested under a targeted screening exercise since Jan 16.

The Jalan Bukit Bendera cluster has 20 confirmed cases and is linked to workers of a public institution.

The institution is located at Jalan Bukit Bendera in Kota Kinabalu and cases have spread to the Papar and Beaufort districts.

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