KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 14): The Ministry of Health (MoH) has detected a new Covid-19 cluster with 17 infections.
MoH director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the new cluster is called Kencana.
The Kencana cluster of infections was identified in several areas including Hulu Langat, Petaling, Klang and Gombak in Selangor, Cheras in Kuala Lumpur, and Johor Bahru, Batu Pahat and Pontian in Johor.
“The index case (case no. 13,805) tested positive for the virus on Oct 7 through symptomatic screening and has been admitted to Sungai Buloh Hospital.
“Up until noon today, some 23 individuals have been screened, of whom four were negative and two more are waiting for results,” said Noor Hisham at a virtual press conference.
MoH reported 660 new Covid-19 cases today, which lifted the number of active cases in the country to a new high of 5,768.
Sabah continues to report the highest number of cases, according to the MoH.
Of the 660 new confirmed infections, 429 cases are in Sabah, 113 cases are in Kedah with 109 infections related to the Tembok cluster, while 17 cases in Penang are linked to Remand Prison cluster and Seberang Perai Prison cluster.
In Klang Valley, there are 68 new confirmed cases in Selangor, seven in Kuala Lumpur and one in Putrajaya.
Four new deaths were reported in Sabah, involving two men and two women, which brings the country’s death toll to 167.
Noor Hisham noted that due to a spike in new Covid-19 cases as well as the rising number of clusters in Peninsular Malaysia, 52 health districts have turned into yellow zones, while 19 health districts have turned into red zones.
According to the ministry, red zones are health districts which have at least 41 active cases, while yellow zones have one to 40 cases.
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