Covid-19: Two New Clusters in Sabah involving Students, Teacher

KOTA KINABALU: A new Covid-19 cluster here dubbed as “Jalan Khidmat” recorded 24 cumulative cases, with the index cases being two Form 2 students from a religious school.

State Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said the boys were tested positive during symptomatic screening on Monday (April 12).

“Following their cases, a control team has conducted sampling on all the contacts in the school.

“Out of the 796 samples taken, 22 were confirmed positive, 228 samples came out negative, while 544 samples are still awaiting test results,” he added in a statement to update daily Covid-19 developments in Sabah on Wednesday (April 14).

The cluster was one of the two reported today, the second being “Batu 10” in the Tawau district, with a total of 16 cases.

Masidi said the index case is a female teacher of a primary school, who was confirmed positive following a symptomatic screening.

The husband of the index case, who works at Tawau Cocoa Board, was tested positive on March 31, he added.

“After close contact screenings, 14 more cases were confirmed among the board workers, along with nine close contacts of the index case, and a pupil where she was teaching.

“Close contact tracing continues,” added Masidi.

The clusters contributed to Sabah’s total of 142 new cases today, with 15 districts recording zero cases, while one death was recorded in the Tawau district.


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