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Health DG reports 3 new Covid-19 Clusters due to Hari Raya Haji SOP breakers

Yesterday (29 July), the Health Director-General, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah had in a statement said that the Ministry had recorded 36 new Covid-19 clusters, bringing the total number of active clusters in Malaysia to 1,064.

He explained that out of the 36 new clusters, 18 involved workplaces like construction sites and factories, 7 were community infections, 3 involving high risk groups and the remaining 1 in a detention centre.

According to Malay Mail, he said that 3 out of the 36 new clusters involves non-compliance with the Hari Raya Haji Covid-19 standard operating procedure (SOP), where these individuals had visited their family members during the celebration, resulting in 48 new Covid-19 cases between them.

Source: NST

The first cluster, the Kampung Mentera cluster was discovered in Kampung Mentera in Kota Baru, Kelantan, where the 36 year-old index patient was tested positive for Covid-19 on 23 July. Since the, 20 out of the 32 people screened was found positive.

The second cluster is the Dah Kampung Pokka cluster in Padang Terap, Kedah. The index patient was being identified as a 45 year-old man who was confirmed to be positive on 23 July. Since then, 6 out of 104 people screened was confirmed positive.

The last of the 3 cluster Hari Raya Haji clusters was found in Johor Bharu and the index patient is a 35 year-old woman. After her case being confirmed, 90 people were screened under this cluster and 22 of them were confirmed to be positive.

On the other hand, the largest cluster identified involves workers in a construction site in Taman Ipoh Permai, Garden East, Ipoh, Perak. The cluster was given the name “Tapak Bina Ipoh Permai cluster” and 111 out of 193 people screened was confirmed positive.

The second largest cluster identified was the Muar detention centre, whereby a 52 year-old Malaysian man was identified as the index patient after he was confirmed to be positive on 22 July.

The third largest cluster for the day was identified among farmers in Sungai Mangga in Simunjan, Sarawak. The screening shows that 53 out of 160 people were positive.

Meanwhile, there are 3 clusters involving high-risk groups were detected in medical facilities or care centres located in Sepang and Klang in Selangor and Kinta in Perak.

The first of these cluster being the Jenderam Murni and it was being discovered after a mass testing done to residents and employees at a care centre in Taman Jenderam Murni, Sepang, Selangor. According to the statement, 10 out of 16 were found to be positive for Covid-19.

The second cluster being the Jalan Ramin Satu cluster and it was also discovered after a mass testing done among workers and patients at a dialysis centre in Jalan Ramin 1, Bandar Botanik, Klang, with one confirmed case from 61 people screened.

The last of the high-risk cluster is called the Fifth Avenue cluster, which is located in a medical facility along Jalan Fifth Avenue, Ipoh, Perak. The index patient is identified as a 45-year-old Bangladeshi who works as a janitor at the facility. Since then, 70 people were screened under this cluster and 11 were confirmed to the positive.

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