New Covid-19 cluster detected in Kuala Selangor old folks home

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

PUTRAJAYA: The health ministry has detected a new Covid-19 cluster at an old folks home in Kuala Selangor.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said two of the positive cases were detected from screening at the home on May 17.

The third positive case was identified when a man was screened for Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (SARI) after being admitted to Hospital Tanjung Karang on June 13.

He said the 12 staff and 24 other residents of the home have been screened and tested negative.

Noor Hisham said every patient suspected of SARI in hospital will also undergo Covid-19 testing.

He said a total of 15,848 caretakers, residents and staff of 401 old folks homes have been screened as of today.

Thirty have been tested positive, with only five showing symptoms.

Cases involving foreigners

Noor Hisham said there had been five deaths involving foreigners.

He said 50,668 samples had been taken from foreigners, with 2,502 testing positive and 936 still awaiting results.

A total of 569 foreign patients were also being treated in government hospitals, with none in the intensive care unit, and a total of 1,928 had also recovered.

On immigration clusters, Noor Hisham said 1,635 staff and detainees at the Bukit Jalil Immigration depot had been tested, with 644 testing positive. A total of 643 of those testing positive were foreigners.

At the Semenyih depot, 1,785 individuals had undergone screening, with 65 foreigners and one Malaysian testing positive.

In addition, 60 foreigners tested positive from the Sepang depot, and two from the Putrajaya depot.

On the Sri Petaling mosque tabligh cluster, Noor Hisham said five generations were involved.

He said 41,864 samples had been taken from the cluster, and the number of positive cases was 3,375, with 98 active cases.

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