57 new cases, Tongod Quarters Cluster detected

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Tongod Quarters Cluster Covid-19 Cluster Sabah Sandakan Director-General of Health, Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah attends the daily news conference on Covid-19 at the Ministry of Health in Putrajaya. PIX: MOHD ADZLAN / MalaysiaGazette / 24 JUNE 2020
Director-General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah attends the daily news conference on Covid-19 at the Ministry of Health in Putrajaya. PIX: MOHD ADZLAN / MalaysiaGazette / 24 JUNE 2020

By Norlaile Abd Rahman

KUALA LUMPUR – The Covid-19 cases in Malaysia increased by 57 cases as of 12.00pm today. The number involved 51 local and six imported cases.

Meanwhile, Sabah continued to record the highest daily cases with 49 cases. 14 of them were from the Pulau Cluster and 12 from the Selamat Cluster. A new cluster was also detected in Sandakan named the Tongod Quarters Cluster.

Director-General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, nine patients are being treated at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and all of them are Malaysians.

He said, four of them are from the Sungai Cluster, one each from the Tawar, Benteng LD and Pulau Cluster, severe acute respiratory illness and close contact screening. Two of them required respiratory support.

Elaborating further, Kedah recorded another new Covid-19 case under the Sungai Cluster. Selangor also recorded a new case involving a foreigner after a pre-surgery screening at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital.

“Close contacts tracing are still being conducted on all Covid-19 positive cases.

“All close contacts identified need to be quarantined for 14 days under the House Surveillance Order (HSO) and need to go for a Covid-19 screening as scheduled under the order,” he said in a statement.

On the new cluster detected in Sandakan, Sabah today, Noor Hisham said that the cluster was identified at the Tongod district following a Covid-19 screening on a healthcare worker turned positive on RTK Antigen test on 4 September.

The patient was screened as a referral case to the general, however, the Covid-19 test on the patient (rt-PCR) was found negative.

Screening around the Tongod district began on 6 September 2020 was conducted involving the local community and the healthcare workers of the Health Clinic.

117 individuals have been screened as of 12pm today. Five of them were tested positive. Meanwhile, 112 are still awaiting for their result.

Those tested positive of Covid-19 showed no symptoms and have been referred to the Duchess of Kent Hospital in Sandakan for treatment.

On the imported cases detected today, Noor Hisham said that three cases reported in Selangor involved illegal immigrants, three cases in Kuala Lumpur a citizen who just returned from the United Kingdom and one citizen each returning from Pakistan and Zambia.

With the new 57 cases today, the cumulative Covid-19 positive cases in Malaysia is not 10,276 cases. Covid-19 deaths remained at 130 cases.

A total of 40 patients have recovered and allowed to discharge today. There are currently 751 active Covid-19 cases in the country. –MalaysiaGazette

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