115 new Covid-19 cases, new cluster in Klang

Modified 29 Sep 2020, 2:41 am

COVID-19 | Malaysia has reported 115 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours up to noon today, bringing the grand total to 11,034 cases while the number of cases that are still active reached 1,011.

Of the 115 cases, 112 of them are locally acquired cases while three are imported cases.

Sabah accounts for 98 of the local cases, while other states reported 11 cases linked to travel history in the Sabah.

This includes a new cluster in Klang, Selangor. Of the 10 cases reported in the state today, six are from the newly identified Jalan Apas cluster there.

In a statement today, Health Ministry director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the index cases (Case 10782 and Case 10783) are husband and wife who travelled in Tawan and Semporna, Sabah, from Sept 13 to Sept 16, 2020.

Both reported symptoms of fever, cough, and cold on Sept 18 and sought medical treatment on the following day, and were then referred to the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang on Sept 24.

They tested positive for the disease on Sept 26 and were admitted to the Sungai Buloh Hospital. Contact tracing led health officials to detect the six cases reported today, bringing the total in this cluster to eight cases.

Thus far, 66 people have been screened in this cluster, of which two are still pending results.

In Sabah, 46 out of the 98 local cases are attributed to the Bangau-Bangau cluster in Semporna.

Noor Hisham said 369 people have been tested so far in this cluster, of whom 225 tested positive, 37 tested negative and 107 are still pending results.

This gives the cluster an unusually high positivity rate of 85.88 percent, whereas figures below 10 percent are more typical for active clusters.

Meanwhile, the Benteng LD cluster centred in Tawau and Lahad Datu reported 39 new cases.

There are 11,042 people tested in this cluster so far, of whom 873 tested positive, while 1,629 are still pending results. Of the 873 cases in this cluster, 675 are detainees and prisoners.

The Pulau cluster in Kunak reported two new cases, bringing the total to 49 cases. There are 931 people tested so far, of whom 448 are still pending results.

For the Buang Sayang cluster that spans several states, one new case has been detected in Sabah. Thus far, 292 people have been tested, of whom nine were positive and 224 are still pending results.

Screening for various reasons have uncovered 10 more cases in Sabah:

· Eight cases were detected screening for patients showing symptoms.

· One case was detected during screening for healthcare workers.

· One case was detected during contact tracing for Case 11022.

Elsewhere, Kedah has reported one case that is attributed to the Sungai cluster. There are 25,399 people tested in this cluster so far, of whom 99 tested positive and 22 are still pending results.

One case was detected in Malacca during pre-surgery screening at a healthcare facility.

In Terengganu, one case was detected during screening for those returning for Sabah.

One case was detected in Labuan during contact tracing for Case 10218.

As for imported cases, all three cases reported today involved travellers from India, who arrived in Negeri Sembilan, Kuala Lumpur, and Selangor.

There are 54 cases that have recovered from the disease and have been discharged today.

No new deaths have been reported, thus the death toll remains unchanged since yesterday at 134.

However, there are still eight Covid-19 patients being treating in intensive care units, of whom five require ventilator support.



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