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276 Covid-19 clusters detected, 125 ended, says health minister

Of the 151 active clusters, the residence cluster recorded the highest number at 64.

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A total of 276 clusters have been detected since the Covid-19 pandemic hit the country at the end of last year, of which 151 are still active and 125 have ended.

Health Minister Dr Adham Baba said of the 151 active clusters, the residence cluster had recorded the highest number at 64.

“This was followed by the workplace cluster with 63 clusters, detention cluster (nine); high-risk group cluster (health personnel and senior citizens) (nine); religious cluster (other than Seri Petaling tabligh cluster) (three) and import cluster (three),” he said in a written reply during Minister’s Question Time at the Dewan Rakyat sitting today.

He was responding to Mohd Fasiah Mohd Fakeh (Bersatu-Sabak Bernam) who asked the health minister to state the number of Covid-19 clusters in the country, how many have been successfully controlled, and how many are still active.

Adham said the largest cluster reported to the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre was the Seri Petaling tabligh cluster which involved 3,375 cases and the screening of 42,023 people.

“The first case of the cluster was confirmed on March 11 and the cluster was officially ended on July 8.

“The index cases were individuals who attended a religious gathering at the Sri Petaling mosque and the cause was believed to be an imported infection from Indonesia,” he said.

Yesterday, 972 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded, bringing the total number of active cases to 11,308.

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