New Covid-19 cluster in Kunak

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Kunak new Covid-19 cluster Sabah Director-General of Health Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah at a news conference on the latest development of Covid-19 in Malaysia. PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 18 AUGUST 2020.
Director-General of Health Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah at a news conference on the latest development of Covid-19 in Malaysia.PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 18 AUGUST 2020.

By Mohd Zaini Samsu Hadi

PUTRAJAYA – The Ministry of Health (MOH) has detected a new Covid-19 cluster in Kunak, Sabah.

According to the Director-General of Health, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, the new cluster emerged following the infection of a 68-year-old senior citizen or case 9,940.

He said, the senior citizen was found unconscious at her home and was brought to the Kunak Hospital before being referred to the Tawau Hospital for treatment of heart attack, stroke and liver disease.

“Covid-19 screening conducted on her found that she was positive on 13 September. She is being treated at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and required respiratory support.

“Close contact screening and active case detection found eight other Covid-19 positive cases and all of them are the family members of the index case,” he said during a news conference today.

Noor Hisham added, as of today, a total of 128 individuals have been screen from that cluster, consisted of 109 citizens and 19 non-citizens.

From that amount, nine cases were tested positive, 18 turned negative and 101 are still awaiting for result.

He further said that infection prevention measures such as disinfection and sanitisation were conducted at identified locations.

The cause of infection is still under control and field work to stop the spread of the cluster is ongoing actively.

Meanwhile, Noor Hisham said that there was four new cases detected under the Benteng Cluster in Lahad Datu today.

From the 6,610 individuals screened under the cluster, 1,531 screenings were conducted in Lahad Datu and 5,079 in Tawau.

He added, Covid-19 positive cases were detected through the screening conducted on inmates and staff of the Lahad Datu District Police Headquarters and the Tawau Prison, government agency officers an social contacts.  – MalaysiaGazette

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