9 Out Of 26 COVID-19 Clusters In Selangor Are Linked To Infections From Work

The current red zones in Selangor are Klang, Petaling, Kuala Langat, Hulu Langat, and Gombak.

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Selangor has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases since the end of September, which the Ministry of Health (MOH) has attributed to those who returned to the state from Sabah

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the first cluster reported in Selangor in the third wave was the Jalan Apas cluster in Klang, detected on 28 September.

"This cluster is linked to a family which had returned from Sabah," he said in the COVID-19 press conference on Tuesday, 20 October.

"Selangor started to see an increase in locally transmitted cases from 2 October and the number increased consistently until today."

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There are currently 26 active clusters in Selangor with eight of them being linked to returnees from Sabah, while another 18 began locally

"Nine out of 26 clusters are closely linked to infections from work, while one is linked to a shopping mall," said Dr Noor Hisham.

"This situation is due to the density of the population and the high movement rate among the public in Selangor, as well as visitors to the state."

In the 24 hours as of noon yesterday, Selangor recorded 132 positive COVID-19 cases, bringing the state's tally to 3,489 - the second highest number of infections after Sabah with 8,755 cases recorded to date.

The current red zones in Selangor are Klang, Petaling, Kuala Langat, Hulu Langat, and Gombak.

Selangor is currently under a two-week Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), which was implemented on 14 October

"If we can reduce and control the movements of people especially in Selangor and stay at home then we can break the chain of transmissions," Dr Noor Hisham said.

Malaysia recorded 862 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, 20 October, raising the country's tally to 22,225.

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Due to the high chance of transmission at workplaces, the government has ordered all employees from CMCO areas to work from home:

A cluster in Selangor started with 49 employees in the same department at a Proton service centre testing positive:

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