Covid-19: 20 new clusters, five linked to Raya visits


PUTRAJAYA: At least five out 20 new Covid-19 clusters on Thursday (May 27) are linked to house-to-house visits during the recent Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration.

In the Health Ministry’s daily Covid-19 update, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said two of the clusters originating from visiting activities are in Johor, another two in Kelantan and one in Sabah.

Among them is the Jalan Pinang 39 cluster, which has 16 cases involving a residence at Jalan Pinang 39, Taman Daya in Johor Baru.

Its index case is a 72-year-old woman who started developing symptoms on May 16 before testing positive for Covid-19 on May 20.

So far, 95 individuals linked to this cluster have been screened, said the Health director-general.

The Serom Lima cluster involved visiting activity at Kampung Serom 5 in Tangkak, Johor on May 13, the first day of Hari Raya.

Its index case is a 57-year-old man who tested positive on May 22 after developing symptoms.

So far, the cluster has 19 confirmed cases.

Another cluster involving festive visiting is the Kampung Banggol Petaling cluster in Pasir Mas, Kelantan.

There are 21 confirmed cases and its index case is a 24-year-old man who tested positive on May 21 after developing symptoms.

The other two clusters involving visiting activities are the Desa Ranggu cluster in Tawau, Sabah (18 cases) and Telok Kamunting cluster in Bachok, Kelantan (19 cases).

In total, there are eight clusters linked to community outbreaks.

The rest are categorised as workplace outbreaks (seven clusters), religious activity (three clusters), education sector (one) and detention centre (one).

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