New Covid-19 cluster detected in Penang

Health-director general Dr Noor Hisham says this is the Ara Cluster involving a 44-year-old Malaysian man who tested positive upon arrival at the Sandakan airport on Sept 15.

PETALING JAYA: A new Covid-19 cluster, known as the Ara cluster, has been detected in Penang, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah announced today.

The first case from the cluster involved a 44-year-old Malaysian man who tested positive upon arrival at the Sandakan airport on Sept 15.

Close contact screenings found one positive case today in Penang, the nephew of the first case.

The patient has since been admitted to Penang Hospital for treatment while 16 individuals have been screened, with 14 testing negative in initial tests.

“Preventive measures have been conducted, including disinfection and cleaning, at the locations involved. The source of infection is still under investigation,” Noor Hisham said.

There were 27 new cases linked to the Benteng LD cluster today, bringing the total number of infections to 578.

A total of 8,627 people linked to the cluster have been screened.

Noor Hisham said 1,799 individuals in Tawau and 824 in Lahad Datu are still awaiting their test results.

The Selamat cluster in Sabah reported two new cases, bringing the tally to seven for the cluster. A total of 214 people have been screened, with 2,016 still waiting for their results.

The Bakau and Pulau clusters recorded one new infection each, bringing the total number of cases from the two clusters to four and 15 respectively.

A total of 158 people linked to the Bakau cluster and 254 from the Pulau cluster are still awaiting their test results.

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

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