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Over 1,000 cases linked to 26 Aidilfitri clusters detected so far, says health DG

Sabah has the highest number of Hari Raya clusters, followed by Kelantan, Johor, Melaka, Pahang, Selangor and Labuan.

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There are currently 603 active Covid-19 clusters throughout the country. Photo: Bernama
There are currently 603 active Covid-19 clusters throughout the country. Photo: Bernama

A total of 1,019 positive Covid-19 cases involving 26 clusters from Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations were detected from May 13 to 27, says health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Of these, two deaths were reported and one patient is receiving treatment in ICU.

“From the screenings of 4,047 individuals, 1,019 cases were identified positive in these clusters which has a positive infectivity of 25.1%,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Noor Hisham said the states with the highest Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration clusters were Sabah with seven clusters, followed by Kelantan (five) as well as Johor, Melaka, Pahang, Selangor and Labuan with two clusters each.

The ministry is expecting the number of cases and clusters to increase, possibly involving more states and districts.

“Despite the government banning raya visits and festive gatherings, many ignored the order which resulted in new Covid-19 clusters emerging, as well as fatalities,” he said.

He urged the people to learn a lesson and not to repeat this for the upcoming Kaamatan and Gawai festivals as well as the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration which usually goes on for a month.

Noor Hisham also reminded the people that the ban on interstate and inter-district travel is still in effect.

He said 51 clusters from interstate travel involving 6,468 cases were detected since Dec 7 last year.

He stressed that cross-district and state movements, visiting or festive gatherings should not occur at all during the total lockdown from June 1 to 14.

“Now is the time for us to act together to bring down the number of daily cases and deaths,” he added.

He also said 23 new clusters were detected yesterday, bringing the total to 603 active clusters throughout the country.

These comprised eight clusters in the workplace and community, six religious clusters and one cluster at a private higher education institution under the education ministry.