PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry has identified 17 new Covid-19 clusters in the country on Wednesday (Jan 27).
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there were now 366 active clusters nationwide under the ministry’s observation.
Fifteen of the new clusters are infections detected at workplaces, while the other two are community outbreaks.
The Parit Lanjut cluster in Muar, Johor which is linked to a factory has 547 confirmed positive cases.
Dr Noor Hisham said the cases were uncovered during a targeted screening exercise conducted on factory employees who live at workers' hostels around Kampung Parit Lanjut in Bukit Pasir, Muar.
“A total of 1,451 individuals have been screened since Jan 23 and 547 of them tested positive, ” said Dr Noor Hisham.
Meanwhile, a new cluster which has been uncovered in Sarawak is linked to several social events in Kampung Bedega and Kampung Antayan in the Serian district.
Dubbed the Bedega cluster, Dr Noor Hisham said the community outbreak has been traced to a 34-year-old man who tested positive on Jan 20.
A screening of 112 individuals has uncovered 13 positive cases.
Another new cluster is the the Industri Grisek cluster, which has 145 confirmed cases and is linked to factory workers at the Grisek Industrial Area in Tangkak, Johor.
The Jalan Trus cluster has 10 confirmed cases and is traced to the staff of a public administration centre in Johor Baru.
The Jalan Medini cluster has 13 confirmed cases and is linked to a service company in Nusajaya, Johor Baru, while the Tengah Tiga cluster has nine positive cases and the outbreak is linked to workers at a factory in Batu 3, Jalan Kampung Tengah in Kluang, Johor.
Additionally, the Pengerang Utara cluster has 26 confirmed cases and is linked to workers at a service company in Jalan Persiaran Utara, Pengerang, Johor
In Kuala Lumpur, the Tapak Bina Persiaran Tecoma cluster has 157 cases and is related to a construction site in Country Heights in Kepong while the Jalan Danau cluster has 11 confirmed cases and is traced to security guards working at Jalan Danau Saujana 1, Setapak.
Aside from these, the Jalan Yahya cluster has eight positive cases and is linked to staff and students at a training institute in Jalan Sultan Yahya Petra in Kuala Lumpur and the Jalan Pudu cluster has 13 positive cases and is linked to students at a training institute in Jalan Pudu, Kuala Lumpur.
In Petaling Jaya, the Jalan Mutiara cluster has 32 positive cases and is linked to security guards working in Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya.
Another cluster in Selangor is Tapak Bina Tanjung, which has 46 cases and it is linked to a construction site in Mukim Tanjung 12 in Dengkil and the Persiaran Perkilangan cluster which has 19 confirmed cases is linked to a factory in Shah Alam.
The Jalan Sulaman cluster in Sabah has 23 cases and is linked to workers at a supermarket in Sulaman Sentral, Kota Kinabalu.
The Jalan Seri cluster has 17 cases and is linked to the staff of a public administration centre in Jalan Dato Seri Ahmad Said in Ipoh, Perak.
The Jalan Pengkalan cluster has 41 cases and is an outbreak detected at the Bandar Seri Pengkalan locality in Kinta, Perak.
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