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60 Clusters Came From Hari Raya, Gawai Celebrations, Says Health DG

60 Clusters Came From Hari Raya, Gawai Celebrations, Says Health DG

The states with the most of these types of cases are Sabah, Sarawak and Kedah.

Hakim Hassan

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60 Covid-19 clusters detected between 13 May and 11 June have been traced back to two major festivals, according to the Ministry of Health.

The Malay Mail reports that 58 clusters came from Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations while the remaining two came from Gawai celebrations.

Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said, 3,511 people were found positive for Covid-19 after 13,023 individuals were screened.

So far, the clusters have recorded 20 deaths with another 11 patients currently in Intensive Care Units (ICU).

The DG also mentioned the three states that had the most of these types of cases:

  • Sabah – 11 clusters (18.3 per cent)
  • Sarawak – 8 clusters (13.3 per cent)
  • Kedah – 7 clusters (11.7 per cent)

It’s a worrying situation, Dr Noor Hisham said, as the increasing cases and deaths related to this festival cluster occurred in a short period of time.

He added that if the community is still complacent and do not learn from the effects of cross-state activities during the festive season, it’s not impossible that an increase in cases could recur in our country.

It is the responsibility of all parties to protect the vulnerable, especially the sick parents in the hometown by not exposing them to the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection.

Health Ministry Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah

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