101 new Covid-19 cases, 4 new clusters

PUTRAJAYA: The health ministry reported 101 new Covid-19 infections today, 97 of which were local transmissions.

Sabah recorded the most cases with 73 infections, and Selangor 15.

Four new clusters were detected. Two were in Sabah, one in Selangor and the other in Johor.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this brought the total number of Covid-19 infections to 11,135.

No new Covid-19 related deaths were reported, with the death toll remaining at 134, or 1.20% of total cases.

He also said 50 people were discharged, bringing the number of recoveries in the country to 9,939.

There are currently 1,062 active cases, with 13 of them under intensive care, five of whom need respiratory assistance.

Noor Hisham went on to explain that the first of the new clusters, known as the Jalan Bomba cluster, was detected in Semporna, Sabah. The index case was a Malaysian man with a travel history to Semporna.

After showing symptoms of a fever and cough, the man was tested positive on Sept 28. He has been admitted to the Duchess of Kent Hospital in Sandakan for treatment.

“Close contact screening results identified two other positive Covid-19 cases on Sept 28. Close contact detection and screenings are still being conducted by the Sandakan health office. The source of the infection is still under investigation,” he said.

The other cluster in Sabah, called the Jalan Utara cluster, was also detected in Semporna. It was identified after a screening of health workers at a training institute in Sandakan, two of whom tested positive.

He said the two cases have also been admitted to the Duchess of Kent Hospital for treatment. Close contact screenings are being conducted and the cause of the infection is still being investigated.

The new Covid-19 cluster in Selangor, Cluster Benteng PK, was detected during a screening of undocumented immigrants in Klang from Sept 16 to Sept 25. Eight of them tested positive.

“Close contact screenings identified one other positive case in this cluster on Sept 28, involving a police officer. They have been admitted to Hospital Sungai Buloh,” said Noor Hisham, adding that 148 individuals have been screened for this cluster.

He added that the index cases for the final cluster, Cluster Bakawali in Johor, involved a husband and wife with a travel history to Semporna.

The pair visited Semporna from Sept 13 to Sept 18, before returning and showing symptoms of fever, flu and cough and seeking treatment at Hospital Sultan Ismail in Johor Bahru.

“They tested positive for Covid-19 on Sept 26 and have been admitted to Hospital Enche’ Besar Hajjah Kalsom. Close contact screening results identified two more positive cases in this cluster.”

A total of 25 people have been screened, eight of whom are still awaiting test results.