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These Are Malaysia’s 5 Biggest Covid-19 Clusters That You Should Know

These Are Malaysia’s 5 Biggest Covid-19 Clusters That You Should Know

Kirat Kaur

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The Health Ministry has revealed the 5 major Covid-19 clusters in Malaysia. As of 12pm, 8th April 2020, Malaysia’s Covid-19 cases have reached 4,119 with 65 deaths.

Seri Petaling Tabligh Cluster

Known as the cluster that kicked off the second wave of Covid-19 infections in Malaysia, the Seri Petaling tabligh cluster is the biggest cluster to date and accounts for around 44% of the nationwide tally.

Infections have spread to multiple generations involving family members, close contacts and madrasah tahfiz with at least 1,682 cases. It has even spawned two other sub clusters with several generations of infections.

(Credit: Malay Mail)

The gathering which took place at the Sri Petaling mosque from 27th February to 1st March was attended by 16,000 people, including 1,500 foreigners.

The Health Ministry has screened and tested 17,584 of the attendees and their close contact. However, some 5,000 attendees have yet to step forward.

Wedding Kenduri in Bandar Baru Bangi

This wedding kenduri in Bandar Baru Bangi that took place on 6th March has been identified as the source of 94 Covid-19 cases in Malaysia. Berita Harian reports that the Seri Petaling tabligh participants also attended this wedding.

5 cases are currently in ICU but 15 have fully recovered.

Credit: Ministry of Health Malaysia

Seri Petaling Sub- Cluster in Rembau

This sub-cluster in Rembau district, Negeri Sembilan is related to the tabligh assembly in Seri Petaling. The cluster spawned from a tabligh attendee who attended a meeting at a school.

This cluster has spread to the third generation with 27 confirmed positive cases, whereby two patients are in ICU.

Credit: Ministry of Health Malaysia

Italy Cluster in Kuching, Sarawak

This cluster stemmed from a 49-year-old woman, aka Case 1,580 who had a history of travel to Italy and was asymptomatic.

As a result, the virus has spread to 41 cases, where two patients are in ICU and 5 have died.

The 5 patients that passed from the infection are Case 1,031, Case 1,032, Case 1,006, Case 2,850 and Case 2,210.

The 70-year-old woman known as Case 1,031 was the first infection detected from this cluster. Health Director General, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah revealed that she was initially discharged from a private hospital after testing negative for Covid-19 antibody test despite having the virus.

The first case was discharged from the ward even though they were positive, but because serology was used, the result was negative. When it’s negative, we discharge patients. The patient was allowed to go home and infected  family.

Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, Health Director General.

As a result, the infection spread to her family and two of her children also died – 49-year-old son (Case 1,006) and 40-year-old daughter (Case 1,032).

The Italy cluster has now spread to 3 generations.

Credit: Ministry of Health Malaysia

Church Fellowship Cluster in Sarawak

A 3-day church assembly that took place from 26th to 28th February in Kuching, Sarawak has been identified as the source of 110 Covid-19 cases.

As a result, the virus spread to 5 generations of infections and placed 4 people in the ICU. Two deaths are reported from this cluster.

Credit: Ministry of Health Malaysia

While majority of Covid-19 source of infection has been identified, worryingly the Health Ministry found 69 sporadic cases with no clear source.

The ministry is currently treating all patients with influenza-like illnesses (ILI) and severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) as Covid-19 positive cases until tests prove otherwise.


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