Health Ministry: Funeral and flood relief activity among causes of 16 new Covid-19 clusters


PUTRAJAYA: A funeral and a flood relief activity were among the causes of 16 new Covid-19 clusters detected in the country, the Health Ministry revealed.

In a statement, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) said the Kampung Balibata cluster in Sabah has 35 confirmed cases and is related to a funeral in a village in Beaufort.

Its index case is a 47-year-old individual who had travelled to Sabah from Selangor who tested positive for Covid-19 on Jan 12.

A total of 35 individuals have been screened under this cluster, and every single person tested positive.

The Jalan Niaga cluster is related to a flood relief activity in Kota Tinggi, Johor, where aid for victims was distributed.

The index case is a 35-year-old individual who tested positive on Jan 17, after the movement control order (MCO) was implemented in Johor and several other states.

Another new cluster is the Batu Enam cluster, which has 12 confirmed cases and is linked to the Kampung Orang Asli Batu 6 village in Batang Padang, Perak.

The Orang Asli settlement has been put under enhanced MCO from Jan 21 to Feb 3.

On other new clusters, the Jalan Seroja cluster (Johor, 10 cases) is linked to a worker's hostel in Kulai, Johor.

The Tampoi Lima cluster (Johor, 26 cases) is linked to a targeted screening exercise on factory workers at the Jalan Tampoi Industrial area, Johor.

The Tapak Bina Jalan Digital cluster (Johor and Terengganu, 48 cases) is linked to workers of a construction site in Kulai, Johor.

The Tapak Bina Jalan Abdul Aziz cluster (Selangor, 56 cases) is linked to a targeted screening exercise on a construction site in Section 19, Petaling Jaya.

The Jalan KKIP Selatan cluster (Sabah, 14 cases) is linked to a factory in Sepanggar, Kota Kinabalu.

The Sungai Ibor cluster (Negri Sembilan, 12 cases) is linked to students of the Pedas Industrial Training Institute in Kampung Sungai Ibor, Pedas.

The Persiaran Tasek cluster (Perak, 20 cases) is linked to workers of a factory at the Tasek Industrial Estate in Ipoh.

The Sawmill Luit cluster (Pahang, 19 cases) involves interstate crossing where its index case, a 29-year-old woman, had travelled from Kuala Lumpur to Maran, Pahang.

The Jalan Usaha cluster (Melaka, 36 cases) is linked to a factory at the Ayer Keroh industrial area in Melaka Tengah.

The Jalan Sejahtera cluster (Kuala Lumpur, 15 cases) is linked to a targeted screening exercise conducted on workers of a supermarket in Jalan Sejahtera, Jalan Tun Razak.

The Bukit Gelugor cluster (Pahang, 22 cases) involves interstate crossing where its index case, a 26-year-old woman, had travelled from Kuala Lumpur to Beserah in Kuantan, Pahang.

The Bestari Rantau cluster (Selangor, 16 cases) is linked to a targeted screening exercise conducted on factory workers living at a hostel in Taman Bestari Rantau Panjang, Klang.

The Tapak Bina Bukit Sebukor cluster (Melaka, 28 cases) is linked to construction workers living at a hostel at the Putra Sentosa Commercial Centre in Bukit Sebukor, Melaka.

A total of 11 new clusters are linked to workplaces, while the rest are categorised as community infections.

Dr Noor Hisham said there are now 318 active clusters nationwide.

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