M’sia festivities spark 60 COVID clusters

KUALA LUMPUR (CNA) – Recent festive celebrations in Malaysia sparked 60 COVID-19 clusters involving 3,511 cases, the Health Ministry said on Thursday.

From May 13 to June 10, authorities said 58 clusters linked to Hari Raya Aidilfitri and two clusters linked to Hari Gawai were detected. A total of 13,023 people were tested for COVID-19, with 27 per cent of them testing positive.

Sabah accounted for the highest number of clusters with 11, with Sarawak and Kedah respectively recording eight and seven clusters each.

Perak and Kelantan accounted for six clusters each, with five each in Johor and Pahang. Melaka recorded three clusters, with two each in Labuan, Selangor and Penang.

The remaining three clusters linked to festive celebrations were in Kuala Lumpur, Negeri Sembilan and Terengganu.

These clusters resulted in the death of 20 people with 11 patients still in the intensive care unit as of Thursday, Health Director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah said in his daily report.

The number of patients in the intensive care unit in Malaysia have hit record numbers for 17 consecutive days, from May 25 to June 10. The number breached the 900 mark on June 7 and hit 911 on June 10.

Dr Noor Hisham said the increase in infections and fatalities associated with the festive celebration clusters was “serious and worrying” as it occurred within a short period of time.

Malaysian Armed Forces personnel guard the entry and exit routes an area in Kuala Lumpur subject to the Tightened Movement Control Order. PHOTO: BERNAMA