Health Ministry: Covid-19 outbreak detected in religious centre in Kulim

PUTRAJAYA: A Covid-19 outbreak involving a religious centre has been detected in Kulim, Kedah.

The outbreak has 34 confirmed cases so far, and is one of the seven new Covid-19 clusters, identified by the Health Ministry on Tuesday (Jan 26).

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the cluster, dubbed “Keladi Saga”, was linked to infections in Kampung Keladi and Taman Saga in Kulim.

“Since Jan 21,49 people linked to the cluster have been screened with 34 of them tested positive, ” he said in a statement.

The index case involved a 64-year-old man who developed symptoms such as cough, fever, flu and muscle pain since Jan 14.

He later tested positive one week later.

The 34 positive cases have been uncovered among those who have visited the religious centre, as well as residents in the locality.

Of the six other new clusters, three are linked to workplaces, two are community infections while one is an outbreak in a prison.

The prison outbreak, dubbed the Tembok Bukit Besi cluster, was linked to detainees at the Dungun Correctional Centre in Bukit Besi.

The index case involved a man from Sri Lanka, aged 24, who tested positive after he was screened for Covid-19 in an exercise conducted on detainees.

A total of 1,131 people have been screened under this cluster, and 99 of them tested positive.

Dr Noor Hisham said the country now has 397 active infection clusters.

The Pasai cluster in Sarawak recorded the highest increase in new cases with 111 infections.

The cluster is the state’s biggest by far with 1,528 cumulative cases since Jan 9.

Six deaths have been linked to the cluster.

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