Health ministry announces new Covid-19 cluster in Lahad Datu

The health ministry says 50 detainees have been tested since Aug 28.

PETALING JAYA: The health ministry has announced a new cluster of seven positive Covid-19 cases that were detected at the Lahad Datu police headquarters in Sabah.

“Fifty detainees have been tested since Aug 28. Seven were found to be positive and 43 were negative,” health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said at a press conference here today.

“The positive cases involve six undocumented migrants and one local,” he added.

All seven are being treated at the Lahad Datu Hospital.

Noor Hisham said the 50 undocumented migrants were apprehended during the multi-agency monitoring of smuggling routes under Ops Benteng, which has been conducted since May.

Seven tested positive for Covid-19 after undergoing screenings prior to being sent to detention centres.

The cause of the infection, he said, is under investigation and contact tracing is still ongoing.

Noor Hisham also said he hoped the initiative by the National Task Force (NTF) would be continued and strengthened in the coming months.

The members of the NTF include the health ministry, the armed forces, police, the Maritime Enforcement Agency, the Malaysian Civil Defence Force, the Immigration Department and the Malaysian Volunteer Corps Department.

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