Another Covid-19 cluster detected in Sabah

The first case from the Bakau cluster was the Filipino woman who died yesterday. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Another Covid-19 cluster was identified in Sabah today, adding to the increasing number of cases and clusters in the state.

The new cluster, called the Bakau cluster, was detected in Semporna.

The first case from the cluster was the Filipino woman who passed away yesterday.

In a statement, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said two close contacts of the deceased had tested positive for the virus. They were a Malaysian and a Filipino.

They have both been admitted to Hospital Tawau for treatment.

“As at noon today, 109 individuals have been screened. Three have tested positive and 106 individuals are still awaiting their test results.

“Prevention measures, including disinfection and cleaning processes, have been conducted at Hospital Semporna. The source of infection is still under investigation,” he said.

Meanwhile, the eight new cases from the Sungai cluster in Kedah today brought the total number of infections for the cluster to 73.

As at Sept 19, 23,935 people have been screened in the cluster, comprising 23,748 individuals in Kedah, 142 from Penang and 45 from Perlis.

A total of 732 people in Kedah are still awaiting their test results, while only 16 people in Perlis and one in Penang are waiting for their results.

The one new case in the Benteng LD cluster in Sabah brought the tally to 551 cases, with 7,985 people screened for the virus as at noon today.

A total of 1,456 people in Tawau and 552 in Lahad Datu are still awaiting their test results.

“Close contact screenings and active case detection efforts for these clusters are still ongoing and the public will be informed of the latest status from time to time,” Noor Hisham said.