Ten clusters record more cases, new clusters detected

Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah

KUALA LUMPUR – Ten active clusters recorded more cases today while two new clusters namely Bah Puchong cluster and Penjara Reman cluster were identified.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the Tembok cluster had the highest increase with 139 new cases.

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On the details of the new clusters, Dr Noor Hisham said the Bah Puchong cluster which was identified in Petaling, Selangor and Larut, Matang and Selama as well as Kinta in Perak.

“The index cases of the cluster (case number 13061th, 13065th and 13069th ) were found positive on Oct 5 from screenings upon returning from high-risk areas in Sabah.

“They were admitted to Sungai Buloh Hospital. Following that, screenings of close contacts were conducted and two more positive cases in Larut, Matang and Selama as well as Kinta were detected and they were warded at Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital, Perak,” he said in a statement on COVID-19 development today.

He said as at 12 noon today, 39 individuals had been screened while the source of infection is still being investigated.

Meanwhile, the Remand Prison cluster was identified in northeast Penang with the cluster index case (case number 13499th) as death case number 141st, who is an 85-year-old man.

“He was found unconscious early in the morning on Oct 5 in prison and was pronounced dead at Penang Hospital.

“Screening on COVID-19 conducted on the same day found he was positive for the disease. Following that, close contact screenings were conducted and six more positive cases were identified involving locals on Oct 6 , and they were warded at Penang Hospital for treatment,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said at at 12 noon today, 286 individuals had been screened while the source of infection is still being investigated.

Apart from the three clusters, other clusters which recorded more cases included the Bah Sintok cluster (14 cases); Jalan Meru cluster (four cases); Laut cluster (two cases); Benteng PK cluster (two cases); Selasih cluster (two cases); as well as the Bah Tanjung and Embun clusters each with one new case.

— BERNAMA