Six Covid-19 clusters detected in Selangor, Sabah, Sarawak

Four of these new clusters are in Selangor.

PETALING JAYA: Six new clusters of Covid-19 cases were reported today, 4 in Selangor and 1 each in Sabah and Sarawak.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the Selangor clusters are known as the Utama, Tasik, Simera and Bah Manggis clusters, while those in Sabah and Sarawak are the Highway cluster and Putra cluster respectively.

The first of the clusters in Selangor, the Bah Manggis cluster, was traced to the Tawau district in Sabah and Kuala Langat district in Selangor. The index case showed symptoms and tested positive on Oct 5.

Close contact screenings found seven others who tested positive. A total of 107 people have been screened, 26 of whom were negative. Another 73 are waiting for their test results.

The Utama cluster was detected in the Gombak and Petaling districts, with 10 infected patients so far.

The first case was detected when the patient was screened after developing symptoms on Oct 4. Nine other cases were detected after close contact screenings.

One hundred and fourteen people have been screened so far with 15 testing negative and 89 awaiting their test results.

The Tasik cluster was traced to Miri, Sarawak, and Klang and Petaling, Selangor, involving an individual who was detected from a screening at Sarawak’s borders on Oct 3. Close contact screenings found nine others who were infected.

Fifteen people have been screened so far with one testing negative and four awaiting their test results.

The Simera cluster involved the Besut district in Terengganu, Kuantan district in Pahang, and the Petaling, Klang and Hulu Langat districts in Selangor. The index case was screened after showing symptoms on Oct 6.

Close contact screenings found seven others who were Covid-19 positive. A total of 126 have been screened, with 88 testing negative and 20 others awaiting test results.

The Putra cluster in Bintulu, Sarawak, was identified after the first case of the cluster tested positive for Covid-19 at a screening. After close contact screenings, four other individuals were also found to be infected.

So far, 57 people have been screened. Two have tested negative and the remaining 50 are waiting for their test results.

The Highway cluster in Kota Belud, Sabah began when an individual tested positive for the virus after showing symptoms. Fifty-nine cases have been screened, of which 22 tested positive.

General cases moved to Tawau field hospital

Noor Hisham said a proposed field hospital to be set up in Tawau would handle surgery, paediatric and obstetrics and gynecology cases.

He said this would allow Hospital Tawau to treat Covid-19 cases that required intensive care, including those referred from nearby districts such as Semporna.

“The health ministry is still in the discussion stage to set up the field hospital in the Tawau sports complex, subject to suitability,” he said, adding that further updates would be provided from time to time.

Earlier today, senior minister for security Ismail Sabri Yaakob had announced that the National Security Council would deploy the armed forces to set up a field hospital after receiving a request from the health ministry for more medical facilities in Sabah.

He said the aim of the field hospital was to help medical officers manage the increase of Covid-19 cases in the state.