Covid-19: 10 new clusters detected, eight linked to workplaces


  • Nation
  • Monday, 22 Mar 2021

PETALING JAYA: Ten new Covid-19 clusters involving five states and two federal territories were recorded on Monday (March 22), bringing the total active clusters in the country to 411, says the Health Ministry.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said eight of the 10 clusters were linked to workplaces while the remaining two were linked to community transmission.

Johor recorded three new clusters - Batu 22, Jalan Tenteram and Jalan Belimbing - while Kuala Lumpur recorded two new clusters, which are Taman Tunku and Tapak Bina Jalan Usahawan.

Labuan, Selangor, Pahang, Negri Sembilan, and Sarawak each recorded one new cluster known as the Jalan Kemajuan, Jalan Helang, Jalan Gambang, Industri Permata and Rajang clusters, respectively.

The Batu 22 workplace cluster was detected in Kulai, Johor, where the index case was found to be positive of the virus on March 18 after a symptomatic individual screening.

"This cluster involves a factory located at Batu 22, Jalan Air Hitam, Taman Wawasan, Kulai. As of March 22,123 individuals had been screened with

13 testing positive," he said in a statement on Monday (March 22).

The Jalan Tenteram workplace cluster was detected in Johor Baru. The index case of this cluster was found to be positive of the virus on March 18 after a symptomatic individual screening.

This cluster involves an education centre located at Jalan Tenteram, Tanjung Puteri, Johor Baru.

As of today, 38 individuals were screened, and 10 tested positive for the virus, Dr Noor Hisham said.

In the Jalan Belimbing cluster, the community transmission cluster was detected in Kulai, Johor.

The index case was detected to be positive on March 11 after a symptomatic individual screening.

A total of 20 individuals have been screened to-date, with 10 testing positive.

Meanwhile, the Taman Tunku workplace cluster was detected in Kepong and Titiwangsa in KL.

The index case was reported to be positive of the virus on March 19 after a symptomatic individual screening.

"This cluster involves a restaurant located in Taman Tunku, Bukit Tunku, Kepong. A total of 64 individuals have been screened, with seven testing positive for the virus," he said.

The Tapak Bina Jalan Usahawan workplace cluster, Dr Noor Hisham said were detected in Titiwangsa, KL.

Cases in this cluster were found positive on March 20 after a targeted screening of construction workers in Jalan Usahawan 6, Setapak, Titiwangsa.

A total of 278 individuals have been screened to-date, where 73 tested positive.

In the Jalan Kemajuan workplace cluster, it was detected in Labuan where the index case of the cluster tested positive after undergoing a "sign-off" screening.

"This cluster involves visitors and employees of a restaurant located in Jalan Kemajuan, Labuan," he said, adding that 31 individuals have been screened and nine tested positive.

In the Jalan Helang cluster, this workplace cluster was detected in Kuala Langat, Selangor where two index cases were found to be positive on March 13 through a symptomatic individual screening.

This cluster involves workers at a factory located in Jalan Helang, Telok Panglima Garang, Kuala Langat where so far, 109 individuals have been screened and 13 tested positive.

The Jalan Gambang workplace cluster was detected in Kuantan, Pahang where the index case tested positive for the on March 19 after a symptomatic individual screening.

"This cluster involves a supermarket located in Jalan Gambang, Kuantan," he said, adding that 111 individuals have been screened and 24 tested positive to-date.

The Industri Permata workplace cluster detected in Seremban, Negri Sembilan, was after cases in this cluster tested positive on March 20 after a targeted screening of factory workers at Jalan Permata 1/5, Arab Malaysian Industrial Park, Nilai.

As of March 22,73 individuals had been screened, and 28 tested positive.

Lastly, in the Rajang community cluster, it was detected in Sarikei, Tanjung Manis, and Kuching in Sarawak.

"The index case of this cluster tested positive on March 9 after a close contact screening. This cluster occurred due to a funeral service that was held in Kampung Rajang, Tanjung Manis, Mukah from March 1 to 3.

"To-date, 271 individuals have been screened and 29 tested positive," he said.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said there were 64 clusters that reported new Covid-19 cases today, adding that the highest increase in cases were the Tapak Bina Jalan Usahawan cluster (70 cases), Tanjung Suria cluster (70), and Penjara Jalan Harapan cluster (55).

Fifteen clusters also ended today.

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