Workplace clusters still dominate

PETALING JAYA: Workplace Covid-19 clusters continue to make the bulk of new cases discovered in the country despite a steady decline in infection figures over the recent days.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said out of the 19 new clusters detected, workplace clusters alone make up 11 of them.

There were five workplace clusters in Selangor, followed by one each in Penang, Sabah, Kelantan and Negri Sembilan and two in Pahang.

The Persiaran Hamidiah construction site in Hulu Langat was the hardest hit cluster with 244 positive cases detected after 332 people were screened, said Dr Noor Hisham.

Others were the Olak Lempit industrial construction site in Kuala Langat, Selangor, where 36 positive cases were reported after 43 workers were screened and the Meranti Dua site in Sepang, where 39 positive cases were detected after 51 people got tested.

In another workplace cluster (Solok Waja Satu) in Selangor, 22 individuals were found to be positive after 114 individuals were screened while another 18 positive cases were detected at the Lebuh Satu cluster.

In Penang, the Health Ministry detected the Timur Laut cluster following 25 positive cases detected after 177 individuals were checked.

The Indera Mahkota 16 and Lorong Empat Jerantut clusters were found in Pahang after nine cases emerged from each of this workplace.

Dr Noor Hisham said other workplace clusters were the Kelantan Kubang Panjang cluster, where 36 positive cases were reported after 61 individuals were tested and in Negri Sembilan, the Lukut Tiga cluster was detected after 35 positive cases were reported following the screening of 112 workers.

There were two community clusters in Kelantan – Pasir Puteh and Kota Baru – which recorded 19 and 14 positive cases respectively, he said.

Other community clusters were identified in Sarawak’s Lorang Perlis Empat cluster, where 33 individuals were positive after 769 people were screened and in Terengganu, the Beladau Selat cluster saw 24 positive cases out of 70 people tested.

Dr Noor Hisham said another 60 people died of Covid-19, bringing the cumulative death toll to 4,408 cases. There were 5,293 new Covid-19 cases yesterday.

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