Covid-19: Sabah registers another cluster of educational institutions, says Minister of State | Malaysia

Datuk Masidi Manjun said the Pandan-Pandan cluster involved infections at Madrasah Darul Hadis Sabah, Kampung Pandan-Pandan, with the index case being a 53-year-old teacher. —Photo Reuters

KOTA KINABALU, Jan 20 – The Pandan-Pandan cluster in Putatan is the latest cluster of educational institutions in Sabah, with 16 cumulative cases recorded so far, State Minister for Local Government and Housing Datuk said. Masidi Manjun.

He said the Pandan-Pandan cluster involved infections at Madrasah Darul Hadis Sabah, Kampung Pandan-Pandan, with the index case being a 53-year-old teacher.

“The index case had fever, cough, cold and body aches on January 17. A screening test the same day found him positive for Covid-19.

“Close contact screenings revealed 15 people confirmed positive including the index case’s family, staff and students.

“All positive cases have been quarantined and are receiving treatment,” he said in a statement this evening.

Prior to this, two clusters of educational institutions were registered, namely Jalan Kepayan Lama cluster (36 cases) and Jalan Pertukangan cluster (73 cases).

Meanwhile, Masidi said 256 new Covid-19 cases were recorded today, bringing the cumulative caseload so far to 245,079.

He said 223 recoveries have been recorded, bringing the cumulative number of those who have recovered from the disease to 237,297, while two deaths from the pandemic were also recorded today.

In the meantime, he said, on the occasion of the Chinese New Year celebration, the government of Sabah has authorized the holding of the reunion dinner on January 31, visits (from January 31 to February 15) , the prayer ceremony (February 1 and 2), the special Hokkien prayer (February 8 and 9) and the Chap Goh Mei prayer (February 15), in strict compliance with established standard operating procedures (SOPs). — Bernama

Janice G. Ball