Covid-19: MoH detects two sub-clusters in Kuantan with 20 infections including one death

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KUALA LUMPUR (April 13): The Ministry of Health (M0H) has detected two sub-clusters in Kuantan, in which 20 individuals have contracted the Covid-19 virus and one has passed away. 

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah revealed that the index case, patient No. 4,688, in the cluster has a traveling history to Bali, Indonesia. The person had close contact with his brother, patient No. 1,575 patient, who has died of Covid-19.

Patient No. 1,575 had infected seven persons in the second generation, and 11 individuals in the third generation.

MoH has conducted screening tests on 339 individuals identified including 202 healthcare workers.

He told a press briefing today that the two clusters were detected through a targeted approach by MoH, by detecting, screening and testing the high-risk groups. 

He said, persons under investigation (PUI) in the Bali cluster involve a group of patients and several healthcare workers from a medical centre in Kuantan, Pahang.

Of the 20 PUI, three healthcare workers have been identified as being infected by people who are related to the cluster.

Fourteen patients are being treated in Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital (HTTA) in Pahang, three are in the intensive care units (ICU), while two have recovered and been discharged from hospital. There is one death, patient No. 1,575.

In total, Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry has identified 25 main clusters and sub-clusters of Covid-19 infections in the country. 

The Sri Petaling tabligh assembly cluster is the biggest, representing over 40% of the total number of infections in the country.  Other main clusters include the church gathering in Kuching, the 'Italy' cluster, as well as the wedding in Bandar Baru Bangi. Other smaller clusters, however, were not disclosed by the ministry.

"We have not announced the smaller clusters, but we are monitoring them and conducting active case tracing to isolate [the positive cases] and give the best treatment to those clusters," Dr Noor Hisham added. 

Malaysia recorded 134 new infections today, which raised the tally of Covid-19 cases in the country to 4,817. Death toll from the coronavirus in the country now stands at 77, with one new fatality added today.

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