Three Of Eight New COVID-19 Clusters Found In Sabah

PUTRAJAYA: The Ministry of Health (MOH) has detected eight new clusters, bringing the number of active COVID-19 clusters in the country to 96, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He said three of the clusters were in Sabah, namely the Basung Cluster, Inai Cluster and Tempayan Cluster, while the two clusters detected in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur have been identified as the Long Cluster and Melati Cluster.

Commenting further, he said two more new clusters were also detected in Selangor and Negeri Sembilan, namely the Cahaya Cluster and Bah Kota Cluster while the one found in Labuan was the Bina Labuan Cluster.

“A total of 19 COVID-19 positive cases were identified from the Basung Cluster through targeted screening of individuals involved in the fish business in the Kudat district.

“For the Inai Cluster, the index case (case number 11,619) was identified through symptomatic screening on Oct 14 and admitted to the COVID-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centre at the Taman Ehsan people’s housing project (PPR) in Kota Belud. Close contact tracing has identified seven more positive cases,” he said at a media conference on COVID-19 development today.

As for the Tempayan Cluster, he said this was identified following a symptomatic screening of an individual on Oct 1, with the patient having been admitted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kota Kinabalu.

“Close contact screening identified 18 more positive cases,” he said.

For the Long Cluster, the index case (case number 16,746) was identified through the symptomatic screening of individual on Oct 12 and admitted to the Sungai Buloh Hospital in Selangor, said Dr Noor Hisham.

As of today, close contact screening found 18 more positive cases from this cluster,” he said.

Meanwhile, for the Cahaya Cluster, he said the index case (case number 20,394) was identified through symptomatic screening of an individual on Oct 16 and warded at the Sungai Buloh Hospital, with close contact screening finding 17 positive cases.

According to Dr Noor Hisham, the index case (case number 17,988) for the Bah Kota Cluster was also identified through symptomatic screening of an individual on Oct 14 and admitted to the Sungai Buloh Hospital.

“Close contact screening has identified nine more positive cases while 161 others are still awaiting their results,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said the Melati Cluster was detected through the screening of a symptomatic screening of an individual on Oct 14 and who has been admitted to the Sungai Buloh Hospital.

“The index case (case number 18,002) for this cluster tested positive and the close contact screening identified eight more positive cases,” he said.

He explained that the new cluster in Labuan, the Bina Labuan Cluster, was identified through a hospital admittance screening on Oct 21, but the individual died on the same day at the Labuan Hospital.

“Close contact screening found four more positive cases, with 55 others still awaiting their results,” said Dr Noor Hisham.