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New Covid-19 Cluster ‘Alam’ Found In Bintulu, Sarawak With Four Positive Cases

New Covid-19 Cluster ‘Alam’ Found In Bintulu, Sarawak With Four Positive Cases

The cluster was detected aboard a ship when crewmembers started showing symptoms.

Kirat Kaur

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A new Covid-19 cluster among crewmembers of a ship docked in Bintulu, Sarawak has emerged with four confirmed infections so far.

In the 20 August Covid-19 update, the Health Ministry explained that five crew members had undergone screening for the coronavirus after developing symptoms.

Of the five, four came back positive while pending the results of one crewmember. The infected crew comprise of two Malaysians and two non-Malaysians.

It is also noted that the ship had a travel history to Japan.

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While the positive cases are undergoing treatment in Hospital Bintulu, the ministry has assured that this is an isolated cluster with all of the ships’ crew remaining onboard.

This means that the risk of the virus spreading to the local community is low.

Active case detection is currently underway and close contacts of the patients are being screened for Covid-19.

Disinfection and sanitization activities are also being taken on the ship in question.

On the bright side, the ministry also announced the end of three Covid-19 clusters, namely Elsa Cluster in Kuantan, Pahang, Stutong Cluster in Kuching, Sarawak and PUI Al-Khobar Cluster in Petaling, Selangor.

As of 20 August, Malaysia has 184 active Covid-19 cases while the death toll remains at 125.

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