Johor Family Of 16 Infected With COVID-19 After Week-Long Trip To Klang Valley

One of the family members, a 60-year-old woman, passed away due to COVID-19 on 3 January.

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A family of 16 from Segamat, Johor, was infected with COVID-19 after attending family gatherings for a week around the Klang Valley

According to The Star, all the family members, who live under the same roof in Labis, had travelled to visit other family members in red zones around Kuala Lumpur and Selangor between 17 December and 25 December last year.

At the family gatherings, there was another relative, a 60-year-old woman, who later died from COVID-19 on 3 January

It was not reported where the victim contracted the disease.

However, according to Oriental Daily, the deceased, who had a history of high blood pressure and diabetes, developed a fever, cough, and breathing difficulties after returning to Segamat.

It was said that the 16 family members also returned to Segamat from the Klang Valley at the end of December to visit the woman while she was sick.

Eventually, the senior citizen was admitted to Segamat Hospital before passing away from the coronavirus.

As soon as a day after her death, one of the family members tested positive for COVID-19

Contact tracing done by the Ministry of Health then found all of the deceased's 16 family members in Segamat had been infected with the coronavirus as well, including the youngest - a two-year-old child.

The confirmed patients have since been quarantined, while some were admitted to the hospital for treatment.

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