Nasi Kandar Eatery-Linked Covid-19 Cluster In Kedah Explodes To Second Generation, Infects Schoolchildren
The cluster has grown to infect 20 people now.
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When the Health Ministry confirmed the PUI Sivagangga Cluster on 28 July, Malaysians were horrified to learn that it stemmed from a nasi kandar shop owner (Case 8937) who did not follow the mandatory 14-day Home Surveillance Order (HSO) self-quarantine and went to visit the eatery instead.
As authorities call for patrons who dined at the Jitra, Kedah restaurant between 13 -24 July to undergo Covid-19 testing, it appears that the cluster has spread to the second generation of infection.
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The Health Ministry confirmed on 2 August that the PUI Sivagangga Cluster that began as an import case has now become a community infection.
After the wife (Case 8983) of a positive restaurant customer (Case 8976) was confirmed as the cluster’s first second generation infection on 1 August, the figure ballooned to a whopping 11 new second generation Covid-19 infections the very next day.
Terdapat 11 kes baharu dikesan dari Kluster PUI Sivagangga hari ini.— KKMPutrajaya (@KKMPutrajaya) August 2, 2020
3 kes daripada jangkitan kes 8976. Manakala baki 8 kes adalah jangkitan kes 8975. pic.twitter.com/Xd0eVdDsdG
According to the Health Ministry the cluster now has grown to infect 19 individuals in the community.
The new infections include four children, two two-year old toddlers and two schoolchildren aged 7 and 10 years old.
The Ministry also shares that it has tested 313 individuals as of 2 August, of which 280 tests came back negative and the results of 13 tests are still pending.
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