5 new Covid-19 clusters detected in Sabah, Labuan and Selangor

Contact tracing is actively going on in the clusters.

PUTRAJAYA: Five new Covid-19 clusters were reported today, three in Sabah and one each in Selangor and Labuan.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the new groups are the Kasih, Surat and Khazanah clusters (Sabah), Bah Bundle cluster (Labuan) and the Sungei Way cluster (Selangor).

The Kasih cluster in Lahad Datu began with a health official who tested positive after a screening on Sept 27, leading to 33 others discovered from close contact screenings. A total of 1,838 people have been screened and 1,804 are waiting for their results.

The Khazanah cluster, also in Lahad Datu, has 14 cases to date. The index case was a close contact of a positive case. As of noon, 652 people have been screened and 638 are waiting for test results.

The Surat cluster in Sandakan comprises 25 patients so far. The index case was identified through a screening after showing symptoms. A total of 74 individuals have been screened and 49 are still awaiting test results.

The Bah Bundle cluster in Labuan involved an individual who had a history of travelling to Sabah. Close contact screenings found two other positive cases. So far 430 people have been screened, 131 tested negative and 296 are waiting for results.

The Sungei Way cluster was traced to Petaling and Gombak, Selangor and Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur. The first case was detected when the patient was screened after developing symptoms on Oct 7, and 17 other cases detected after close contact screenings. A total of 149 people have been screened so far with 124 testing negative and seven awaiting their test results.

Noor Hisham announced that the health ministry had successfully ended 102 clusters as of today. There are currently 59 active clusters in the country.

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