Health Ministry: 18 Covid-19 clusters end, eight new ones emerge

PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry has declared that 18 Covid-19 clusters have ended, after no new cases linked to them were registered for 28 consecutive days.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) said since the pandemic began, the ministry had identified a total of 1,111 clusters, of which 612 had ended.

Among the 18 inactive clusters is the Tapak Bina Bali Residence cluster in Melaka, which had 223 confirmed cases.

The cluster was related to workers of a construction site in Melaka, of whom 218 were non-Malaysians.

No deaths were reported from the cluster.

The ministry also uncovered eight new clusters, which means there are now 499 active ones in the country.

Five are workplace infections, two are community outbreaks and one involves an old folks home, the Lorong Murni cluster, which was detected in Seberang Perai Utara, Penang.

Its index case, a 77-year-old man, was screened for Covid-19 before surgery and found to be positive on Feb 23.

Contact tracing led to the screening of 112 individuals, out of which 21 confirmed cases were found.

The Kampung Mak Teh cluster is an outbreak detected at a village in Batang Padang, Perak.

A 33-year-old woman from the village developed symptoms and tested positive on Feb 21.

Screening of 150 family members and social contacts of the woman found 16 cases in total from this cluster.

The SS Lapan cluster involves workers of a factory at Jalan SS8, Sungai Way Free Trade Zone in Petaling Jaya.

About 600 individuals had undergone a targeted screening exercise, with 36 testing positive so far.

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