Covid-19: Festive celebration outbreak in Bachok among 33 new clusters

PUTRAJAYA: Recent festive celebrations have resulted in a new Covid-19 cluster at Bachok, Kelantan, after 23 villagers tested positive for the coronavirus.

In the Health Ministry’s press updates on Thursday (Aug 5), the cluster is said to involve house-to-house visits at Kampung Tok Jawa in Bachok during a festive occasion.

The index case of the cluster is a 47-year-old woman who started developing symptoms on July 26.

She then tested positive on July 29.

At least 39 individuals have been earmarked for Covid-19 screening and the 23 cases are said to have spread in the Kota Baru and Machang districts.

The cluster is one of 33 new ones announced by the ministry on Thursday.

Eighteen of the new clusters are workplace-related outbreaks, with 852 cases linked to them so far.

Another 13 clusters are community outbreaks with 302 cases.

Two other clusters are outbreaks discovered at detention centres including one in Langkawi, Kedah.

Codenamed “Dah Pagar Kuah”, the cluster involves staff and inmates of a detention centre at Jalan Air Hangat.

To date, 36 cases have been detected under the cluster after 112 people underwent screening.

The index case is a 26-year-old man who started developing symptoms on July 25 before testing positive on July 28.

One cluster has been classified as a high-risk group and a medical centre in Melaka.

This is the second time a cluster has been detected at the medical centre, which is located at Kampung Bukit Palah in Alor Gajah.

A 64-year-old woman is its index case and she tested positive after undergoing a pre-surgery Covid-19 screening.

Some 94 staff and patients have been tested and the cluster now has 27 confirmed cases.

To date, there are 1,177 active infection clusters nationwide.

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