Covid-19: Seven new clusters on Friday (April 16), three linked to workplaces


PETALING JAYA: Seven new Covid-19 clusters were reported on Friday (April 16), three of which are linked to workplaces.

Two other clusters were linked to detention centres, and one each to a community and an education centre, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said.

The Jalan Sultan Iskandar cluster in Bintulu, Sarawak, is linked to a public institution where 27 cases have been detected out of 440 individuals tested.

The Jalan Balakong cluster in Hulu Langat, Selangor, with 19 cases was detected after screening of workers at a construction site, while the Jalan Kia Peng cluster in Kuala Lumpur involved an entertainment centre where eight people tested positive.

The DTI Sandakan cluster in Sabah and the DTI Lenggeng cluster in Negri Sembilan involve Immigration detention centres, with 55 and 70 cases detected respectively.

The Jepak cluster in Bintulu, Sarawak, has seen 50 people test positive and is linked to an event in Kampung Jepak on April 3.

The Sri Layang cluster in Bentong, Pahang, is linked to an education institute with 16 testing positive so far.

Altogether, a total of 1,507 clusters have been reported in the country since the beginning of the pandemic, with 346 still active and 1,161 considered to have ended.

Of the active clusters, 68 reported new cases with the highest being the Jalan Puncak Borneo cluster with 315 cases, the Jalan Bambangan cluster with 99, and the DTI Sandakan cluster with 55.

Malaysia now has 370,528 infections, 18,600 of which are still active cases.

There were also two deaths reported, with the total death toll since the beginning of the pandemic now at 1,365.

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