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New Covid-19 Cases Detected In Langkawi Travel Bubble, KJ Says It’s The New Normal

New Covid-19 Cases Detected In Langkawi Travel Bubble, KJ Says It’s The New Normal

Meanwhile, 149 people who visited the island via the Langkawi Travel Bubble have tested positive for Covid-19.

Hakim Hassan

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Langkawi tourism bubble has been hit with new Covid-19 infections after authorities detected new cases in the island.

A prominent hotel resort on Langkawi island temporarily halted their operations after 59 of its employees tested positive for Covid-19 as of 4 October.

Astro Awani quoted the Director of the Kedah State Health Department (JKN), Dr Othman Warijo who mentioned that all the cases of the infection were reported as the Dah Teluk Nibung Cluster which is categorized as a workplace cluster.

So far, 249 individuals have undergone testing with 59 of them confirmed positive, 192 negative and three more still waiting for the screening results.

He informed that the cluster involves local workers and also family members who are close contacts.

Initial investigations carried out by the Kedah JKN found that the infection came from the community which then spread to the workplace.

Meanwhile, Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin said in Twitter that MySejahtera’s automated contact tracing module sent out 73 casual contact notifications to individuals who checked in at the hotel.

He also added that this is what the new normal will look like and that the Ministry will improve casual & close contact notifications.

149 positive so far in Langkawi, says DG

In related news, Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that 149 individuals who visited Kedah via the Langkawi Travel Bubble have tested positive for Covid-19.

He was quoted by Malay Mail saying that in a statement today said so far 186 people have been identified to be their close contacts.

In total, 40,458 people had been screened throughout the duration of the programme which started on 16 September.

Previously, the Bubble has been touted as a great success by the Langkawi Development Authority based on tourist arrivals and the money that comes with it.

It’s reported by NST that from 16 September to 30 September, the island’s tourism industry managed to generate RM15.97 million in revenue.

Credit: Health Ministry

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