Covid-19: Four new clusters detected, three linked to workplaces, another involved the community


PETALING JAYA: Four new Covid-19 clusters were recorded on Thursday (April 8), says Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Three of the four clusters were linked to the workplace while the remaining one was from the community, he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said each of the new clusters was detected in Johor, Selangor, Penang and Pahang.

The new Jalan Taming workplace cluster in Selangor, he said, was detected in the Petaling and Hulu Langat districts.

"The cases in this cluster were found positive of the virus on March 31 through targeted screening of workers in a factory located in Jalan Taming 11, Taman Taming Jaya, Seri Kembangan, Petaling.

"As of April 8,19 individuals had been screened with nine testing positive," he said in a statement on Thursday (April 8).

In Penang, Dr Noor Hisham said the Prai Tiga Perusahaan workplace cluster was detected in Seberang Prai Tengah, Seberang Prai Utara and in the northeast region in Penang.

He said the cases in the cluster tested positive on April 3 after targeted screening of workers in a factory at Jalan Perusahaan Baru, Kawasan Perusahaan Prai 3, Seberang Prai Tengah.

So far, 205 individuals had been screened with 66 testing positive.

In Johor, Dr Noor Hisham said the Parit Raja Industry workplace cluster was detected in Batu Pahat.

"The cases in this cluster tested positive on April 8 through a targeted screening of workers in a factory located in Kawasan Perindustrian Parit Raja, Batu Pahat.

"To date, 456 individuals have been screened, with 38 testing positive," he said.

In the Padang Manggis cluster detected in Pekan and Kuantan, Pahang, Dr Noor Hisham said the index case was detected through a symptomatic individual screening.

"The name of the cluster refers to the residential locality of the index case in Kampung Padang Manggis, Pekan," he said.

He added 67 individuals had been screened with 10 testing positive for the virus.

There are currently 348 active clusters in the country, as of April 8.

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