3 new Covid-19 clusters reported

The new clusters involve two returnees from India and Saudi Arabia.

PETALING JAYA: Three new Covid-19 clusters were reported today.

The three were the Elsa cluster, involving a crew member of a ship, the Person Under Investigation (PUI) Ramnad Cluster, involving a Malaysian returning from India, and the PUI Al Khobar cluster, involving a Malaysian returning from Saudi Arabia.

The crew member was on his way from the Philippines and had stopped in South Korea, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said.

The man had entered Malaysia on July 16 for work and had tested negative for Covid-19 two days earlier.

“He then took a flight to Kuantan and stayed over in a hotel before being taken to a ship for quarantine.

“After five days, on July 20, he started showing symptoms and tested positive on July 22,” he added.

He was then admitted to the Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Hospital in Pahang.

Noor Hisham said 108 close contacts were tested and out of that, three tested positive — two foreigners and one Malaysian.

The remainder 48 tested negative while results are not in for 57 others.

PUI Ramnad Cluster

This involves a Malaysian from India who arrived in Malaysia on July 6. After undergoing a Covid-19 test at KLIA, he had undergone the mandatory home quarantine.

However, he started showing light symptoms on July 19. He was then admitted to the Sungai Buloh Hospital.

The health ministry then carried out contact tracing of 18 people, including six family members and 12 airline passengers.

Out of that, two of the family members tested positive, while 13 tested negative while three are awaiting results.

PUI AI Khobar Cluster

This cluster involves a Malaysian returning from Saudi Arabia on July 10. He underwent a Covid-19 test at KLIA.

The patient started showing symptoms on July 20 and one of the family members tested positive.

Earlier this week, 21 clusters were reported in Malaysia.