Two new Covid-19 clusters identified

KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry has detected two new Covid-19 clusters today, namely the Hyde Park cluster and Melbourne cluster.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the Hyde Park cluster was detected from a ship in Pelabuhan Klang.

"The index case of this cluster (Case 8,769) was a foreigner from Russia with travel history abroad (Egypt and India).

"The cluster was detected during a Covid-19 screening of the ship's crew members, before returning to their countries of origin."

He said as of noon, 24 crew members had been screened, with four of them tested positive for Covid-19.

"All positive cases from this cluster involve foreigners.

"All of them are being treated at Sungai Buloh Hospital, while those tested negative were quarantined on the ship."

Dr Noor Hisham said this cluster did not carry the risk of infection to the community as it was an isolated imported cluster.

"Nonetheless, disinfection and sanitisation have been carried out to curb Covid-19 infection," he said.

On the Melbourne cluster, Dr Noor Hisham said it involved a Malaysian student returning from Australia on July 15.

"The student boarded two flights - from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur and from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching.

"The student was taken to a quarantine centre before being tested positive on July 17," he said, adding the student was asymptomatic and was admitted to Sarawak General Hospital.

Dr Noor Hisham said from subsequent active case detection, another positive case was identified from the cluster involving an individual who boarded the same plane from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching.

As of noon, there are two positive cases from this cluster, he said.

"A total of 21 close contacts, consisting of passengers from the aircraft and related public vehicles have been screened and results are still pending."

Sumber: New Straits Times

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