New Cluster Alert!

The Health Ministry on Sunday (20 September) announced the emergence of a new COVID-19 cluster in Penang, with two positive cases so far.

new cluster alert!Photo via New Straits Times

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said that the case, a 44-year-old local man tested positive for the virus during a screening at the international arrival gate in Sandakan, Sabah on 15 September. 

In his statement, Dr Noor Hisham said: “The second case in the cluster involved the man’s niece, who was a close contact and tested positive for COVID-19 on 19 September, and has been admitted to Hospital Pulau Pinang for treatment.”

Active case detection and close contact screenings are being performed with 16 people screened already. 14 tested negative while two were the COVID-19 patients.

The source of the infection is still being investigated, said Dr. Noor Hisham.

So far, Malaysia has recorded 52 new COVID-19 cases as of yesterday (15 September) and no new deaths. 

52 new #COVID19 cases in Malaysia today, including 40 local transmissions 36 cases in Sabah, with 27 linked to the Benteng cluster A new cluster was found in Penang: the Ara cluster The death toll is 130

Posted by Astro Radio News on Sunday, September 20, 2020

Stay safe, everyone! 

By: Aishah Akashah Ahadiat