Spike in Covid-19 work place clusters

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Covid-19 work place clusters Director-General of Health, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah at a news conference on the latest development of Covid-9 in Malaysia. PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 09 NOVEMBER 2020. Covid-19 clusters
Director-General of Health, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah at a news conference on the latest development of Covid-9 in Malaysia. PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 09 NOVEMBER 2020.

By Norlaile Abd Rahman

PUTRAJAYA – The Ministry of Health (MOH) found that the Covid-19 positive cases related to work place have spiked.

Director-General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said that from the 158 active clusters, 65 clusters or 41.1 percent are related to work place.

Two new work place clusters have been identified today. According to him, close to 60 percent from the 5,681 Covid-19 positive cases related to work place are Malaysian citizens, meanwhile, the remaining 2,312 are non-citizens.

“This is the result of proactive employers who conduct Covid-19 screening on their employees.

“MOH is grateful and wish to extend our appreciation to the employers who join us in tracking positive cases among the work force.

“The action can curb the spread of Covid-19 in the community and help MOH in running public health activities,” he said during a news conference on the development of the pandemic in the country.

Meanwhile, he also announced four new clusters today involving two clusters in Sandakan, Sabah; one in Kuching, Sarawak and another in Jasin, Melaka.

The Bonggaya Cluster in Sandakan involve the index case which was detected positive of Covid-19 in a community screening on 27 October.

The case was admitted into the Duchess of Kent Hospital in Sandakan. Close contacts screening tracked 45 other Covid-19 positive cases. All cases have been admitted into the Low Risk Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centre in Sibuga Sports Complex Hall, Sandakan.

As of 13 November 2020, 12.00 pm, 243 individuals have been screened and 46 positive cases have been detected (33 new cases), 123 are tested negative and 74 are still waiting for their results.

The Bridge B Cluster also happened in Sandakan where the index case of the cluster was identified positive of Covid-19 in a symptomatic screening on 17 October.

The patient was admitted into the Duchess of Kent Hospital in Sandakan. Close contacts and local community screening detected 52 other Covid-19 positive cases.

As of 13 November 2020 at 12.00 pm, 201 individuals have been screened from this cluster and 53 were tested positive of Covid-19 (18 new cases), 118 were tested negative and 30 are still waiting for their results.

The index case of Abell Cluster involving Kuching district in Sarawak was identified through a self-screening on 10 November.

Close contacts screening have found 13 other Covid-19 positive cases. All of them have been admitted into the Sarawak General Hospital. As of 13 November, 12.00 pm, 70 individuals have been screened. 14 were tested positive of Covid-19 (10 new cases), 13 were tested negative and 43 individuals are still waiting for their result.

The only new cluster detected from the Peninsular of Malaysia today is the BMU Cluster involving Jasin district in Melaka.

The index case of the cluster (case 45,077) and was identified positive of Covid-19 through a symptomatic screening on 11 November 2020. The patient was admitted into the Melaka Hospital.

Close contacts screening have detected nine other Covid-19 positive cases. As of today, 69 individuals have been screened where 10 cases were detected positive of Covid-19 (10 new cases) and 59 individuals are still waiting for their result.

Dr Noor Hisham also announced the end of three clusters today, namely, the Selasih, Bah Pengkalan and Bah Pasir Clusters.- MalaysiaGazette

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