Covid-19: Seven clusters of educational institutions registered in Sabah, according to Minister of State | Malaysia

Last week, Sabah recorded five Covid-19 clusters involving the spread of infection in educational institutions, namely, in Putatan (Pandan-Pandan Cluster), Sandakan (Jalan Pertukangan), Ranau (Puri Ranau) and (Kologon Bypass) and Tambunan (Jalan Kepayan Lama). — Photo by Miera Zulyana

KOTA KINABALU, 26 January – Seven clusters of Covid-19 infection involving educational institutions in Sabah have been detected since last week till today.

State Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said this was based on contact tracing carried out by the Sabah Health Department among residents of six schools.

“Jalan Teritipan in Kota Marudu is a cluster of educational institutions with 44 positive cases recorded today while Jalan Binunuk cluster in Beaufort and Papar are workplace clusters with 14 positive cases, and the Montenior cluster in Beaufort and Kuala Penyu are also workplace clusters with 43 cases.

“The index case in the Jalan Teritipan cluster is a fourth-year student from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Tandek 2 in Kota Marudu who was confirmed positive last Sunday (23 January). All students with mild symptoms have been quarantined to receive treatment.

“This new cluster is one of the major contributors of new daily cases in Sabah, with Kota Marudu district recording the highest number of new cases at 64 today,” said Masidi, who is also the spokesperson for Sabah Covid-19, in a statement today.

Last week, Sabah recorded five Covid-19 clusters involving the spread of infection in educational institutions, namely, in Putatan (Pandan-Pandan Cluster), Sandakan (Jalan Pertukangan), Ranau (Puri Ranau) and (Kologon Bypass) and Tambunan (Jalan Kepayan Lama).

Yesterday, the sixth cluster (Jalan Balung, Tawau) was registered, with 18 cases comprising residents of SMK Balung di Tawau and the Jalan Teritipan cluster was the seventh cluster among educational institutions and has been detected since last week.

On the Jalan Binunuk cluster, Masidi said he was detected after the index case, a 34-year-old Risda employee, was confirmed positive on January 22, bringing the cumulative number of cases to 14 so far. .

“Close contact tracing performed on co-workers and family members of the index case revealed that 13 were infected, which appears to occur in a meeting involving many people in a facility,” he said. he declares.

On the Montenior cluster, Masidi said the index case, a 37-year-old health worker from Kuala Penyu, was confirmed positive on January 12 and 43 positive cases have been detected so far.

“Tracing of close contacts revealed that 24 are first generation, 17 second generation and two (third generation) also contracted the virus. They include colleagues and family members of the index case. All have been quarantined for treatment,” he said.

A total of 335 new cases were recorded today, including 330 in categories one and two, three in category three and one in categories four and five. — Bernama

Janice G. Ball