Covid-19 Clusters Found In Kuching Church, Bangi Wedding

Malaysia records the highest-ever daily recovery rate at 236 cases.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 6 – The Ministry of Health (MOH) has identified two new clusters of Covid-19 cases in Kuching, Sarawak, and Bangi, Selangor, that collectively totalled 171 cases as of today.

The first cluster was a three-day Christian conference in a church in Kuching, Sarawak.

“So far, a total of 83 people have tested positive for Covid-19 from this cluster, which involves two deaths (Patients 358 and 2,471); five critical cases in Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 50 cases treated in hospital; 25 cases under observation at the quarantine centre; and one fully discharged case,” Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement today.

The second cluster was a wedding ceremony in Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor.

“As of April 6, 2020, 88 cases have tested positive for Covid-19 in this cluster, including one treated case in the ICU. So far, no deaths have been reported in relation to this cluster.

“Both clusters involved Covid-19 infections up to five generations,” Dr Noor Hisham said, referring to the generations of spread of the coronavirus, where one person infects another, who infects yet another, who then infects another, who subsequently infects another person.

The Health DG also stressed that he did not expect to see new infections from these two clusters, saying they have been contained.

Malaysia has recorded a total of 131 new Covid-19 cases today as at 12 pm, fewer than yesterday’s 179 new cases. This brings the total number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Malaysia to 3,793 cases.

A total of 102 patients are currently in ICU, of which 54 require ventilator support. One death has been recorded today, bringing the total fatalities to 62.

“The 62nd death (Patient 3,663) was a 67-year-old male Malaysian citizen with a background of diabetes and hypertension. He had close contact history with several Covid-19 index cases from the tabligh assembly in Sri Petaling (which are Patients 1265, 1266, 1267, 1404 and 2549),” Dr Noor Hisham added.

On a positive note today, Malaysia recorded the highest number of new recoveries since the outbreak of the virus at 236 cases; bringing the total of discharged cases to 1,241 cases, which was 32.72 per cent of total cases.

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