MOH: Random Test In Pahang Found 3 New COVID-19 Clusters

The Ministry of Health is currently investigating the source of infection.

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A random COVID-19 screening conducted by the Pahang health department found three new clusters in the state yesterday, 31 May

In a press conference on Sunday, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the new clusters involved seven individuals from a plantation in Bera, six individuals at a sawmill in Maran, and another two at a construction company in Maran.

All 15 cases detected in the random surveillance are foreign workers, reported New Straits Times.

"Those who tested positive were isolated and are currently receiving treatment, while close contacts who tested negative are being quarantined for 14 days," said Dr Noor Hisham.

He said the Ministry of Health is currently investigating the source of infection.

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Malaysia reported a total of 57 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, bringing the cumulative number of cases in the country to 7,819 so far

Of the 57 cases, 10 were imported, 43 were non-Malaysians, while only four were Malaysians.

The total active COVID-19 cases stand at 1,351, or 17% of the total cases. No deaths have been reported since 22 May.

Dr Noor Hisham also noted that there has not been a surge in cases in the eight days after Hari Raya celebrations, which he previously feared that the country would face

Locals shopping in preparation for Hari Raya at Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur on 17 May.

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The Health director-general said it could mean that Malaysians have been complying with the standard operating procedure under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).

"We expect there to be no spikes in new cases next week either… maybe we will loosen some restrictions in certain sectors which involves Malaysians," he said, adding that the primary focus now is to ensure foreign workers comply with the CMCO.

On 22 May, prior to Hari Raya celebrations, Dr Noor Hisham expressed concern that Malaysia might see a spike in COVID-19 cases after the celebration as data collected from other nations show that many countries experience a surge in cases two weeks after a holiday season.

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