Covid-19: Four New Clusters Identified in Sabah, Penang and Kedah, Two Clusters End

PETALING JAYA: Four new Covid-19 clusters have been identified comprising two in Sabah and one each in Penang and Kedah, says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The Health director-general also said two clusters in Sabah, Kedah and Terengganu had ended as no new cases had been detected in 28 days.

He said the clusters that had ended were the Bah Lunas and Bah Bemban clusters.

“As of Saturday (Nov 14), the Bah Lunas cluster in Kedah had seen 161 people screened, with five testing positive and the rest negative. No deaths were reported.

“For the Bah Bemban cluster involving Terengganu and Sabah, a total of 222 people were screened and 12 people tested positive with no deaths reported,” he said in a statement on Saturday.

Dr Noor Hisham noted that the four new clusters were the Istimewa, Alila, Assumption and Rajawali clusters.

“The Istimewa cluster in Sandakan, Sabah was identified with an index case who tested positive following hospital admission screening on Oct 20.

“Further close contact screening found 15 other people positive for Covid-19 and all have been admitted at the Duchess of Kent Hospital and also the low-risk quarantine and treatment centre at the Sibuga Sports Complex.

“So far, we have screened 54 people from this cluster with 16 testing positive,” he said, adding that 11 people are still waiting for results.

For the Alila cluster in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, he said it was identified with an index case who tested positive following symptomatic screening on Oct 5.

“Close contact screening found 22 other positive cases and all of them have been admitted at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and also the low-risk quarantine and treatment centre.

“So far, we have screened 317 people from this cluster with 23 positive,” he said, adding that 294 people are still waiting for results.

The Assumption cluster, said Dr Noot Hisham, was identified in Seberang Prai Utara and Seberang Prai Tengah in Penang and also Kulim in Kedah.

“The index case tested positive following a voluntary screening on Nov 11.

“Close contact screening found nine other positive cases and all have been admitted at the Penang Hospital.

“So far, we have screened 10 people from this cluster, with 56 people waiting for their results,” he said.

As for the Rajawali cluster in Penang, Dr Noor Hisham said the index case tested positive on Nov 6 and further contact tracing saw nine others testing positive.

He said 90 people have been screened so far, with 10 positive and are waiting for results.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2020/11/14/covid-19-four-new-clusters-identified-in-sabah-penang-and-kedah-two-clusters-end

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