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Travel bubble to Genting Highlands caused ‘Dah Lengkuas’ Cluster in Kedah

NewsTravel bubble to Genting Highlands caused 'Dah Lengkuas' Cluster in Kedah

The Ministry of Health (MOH) had recently identified a Covid-19 cluster which is linked to a travel bubble to Genting Highlands.

According to MalaysiaKini, the cluster is named “Dah Lengkuas” as it mostly involves residents from Taman Lengkuas in Simpang Empat in Kedah. Covid-19 tests were done in the said area and 16 of the residents were found positive for Covid-19.

According to the contact tracing records, Dah Lengkuas cluster sparked after residents from the area went on travel by bus to Genting Highlands under the tourism bubble in April.

After returning from Genting Highlands, 7 of the participants were tested positive for Covid-19.

As reported by Harian Metro, Kedah exco in charge of health and local government, Dr Mohd Hayati Othman said that only one busload is under investigation currently. He added that they do not have the accurate number of positive cases as screenings are still being carried out.

The Government had previously allowed interstate travel for only tourism purposes if both states are under the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO). According to the press release, the Government restricted tourism travel only through the services of tourism agencies registered with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture.

Following the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) on 4 May, interstate travel was once again suspended. When the travel bubble to Genting Highlands took place, both Kedah and Pahang were under the RMCO.

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