PUTRAJAYA – Despite the increment of 63 Covid-19 positive cases in Sabah today, the Benteng Cluster in Lahad Datu is still under control.
Director-General of Health, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said, the pandemic only happened at the Lahad Datu District Police Headquarters (IPD) and the Tawau Prison.
“If we look into the Benteng Clsuter through a joint-operation with Malaysian Armed Forces, police and other agencies, the main objective is to stop the entry of illegal immigrants.
“The two index cases were from the illegal immigrants. Therefore, we have identified to arrest them at the Lahad Datu IPD and the Tawau Prison.
“When we screened them, we found that some of the illegal immigrants were positive, therefore, our action as of now at the police lockup Lahad Datu and Tawau Prison are controlled cases, not among the community,” he said in a news conference today.
According to Noor Hisham, such infection had happened in June where 227 Covid-19 positive cases were recorded at the Semenyih Detention Depot involving illegal immigrants (PATI).
Therefore, he said, it is very important to ensure that no PATI enters the country through hidden routes in order to contain the spread of Covid-19.
“We also had 227 cases at the Bukit Jalil Detention Depot and it was under control at that time as they were not in the community. Therefore, it is important for us to strengthen the detection of illegal immigrants.
“If we can stop them from entering through hidden routes, we can reduce the local infections among the community in Sabah,” he said.
Meanwhile, Noor Hisham said that from the 22 cases recorded in the Sungai Cluster, 16 of them involved the staff from the Ministry of Health (MOH).
From that amount, one of the staff had also infected the family members.
“We have identified 16 positive MOH staff and one of the healthcare workers had infected seven family members.
“This is how we got 23 cases (one in Perlis) for the Sungai Cluster,” he added.
The Sungai Cluster has recorded 26 positive cases, with 25 in Kedah and one in Perlis. –MalaysiaGazette