Another Covid-19 cluster detected in Sabah

Screening of close contacts of reported Covid-19 cases is ongoing.

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

The new cluster, called the Quarters cluster, was detected in Tongod.

This brings the total number of active clusters in Sabah to five, comprising the Benteng Lahad Datu, Selamat, Bakau, Pulau and Quarters clusters.

In a statement, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the cluster was discovered following screenings in the district after a health worker tested positive to a RTK Antigen test on Sept 4.

The health worker had undergone a referral screening at the time but the RT-PCR test result was negative.

“Screenings in the Tongod district started on Sept 6 involving the local community, including health workers, at the district’s Klinik Kesihatan.

“Five Covid-19 positive patients have been identified so far. All of them are Malaysians. They are asymptomatic and have been admitted to Hospital Duchess of Kent, Sandakan, for treatment,” he said.

A total of 117 people have been screened so far, with 112 still awaiting their test results.

Noor Hisham said the source of infection was still being probed, while the Tongod Klinik Kesihatan is undergoing disinfection.

“All patients with appointments at the clinic have been referred to the nearest health clinic. Services at the Tongod Klinik Kesihatan will resume when disinfection and cleaning procedures are completed,” he added.

The Pulau cluster reported 14 new cases, bringing total infections to 29. Some 451 people have been screened so far in Kunak and Semporna, with 267 waiting for their test results.

Meanwhile, 12 new cases from the Selamat cluster brought the tally to 19. A total of 215 people have been screened, with 196 awaiting their results.

The Benteng Lahad Datu cluster notched five new cases, bringing the total number of infections to 583. More than 2,000 people in Tawau and Lahad Datu are still waiting for their test results.

In Kedah, the Sungai cluster reported one new case as total infections went up to 74. A total of 24,699 people have been screened so far, with 232 individuals in Kedah and three in Perlis awaiting their results.