Cheras Mall Covid-19 Cluster Found, Involving Nepali Workers Staying Together

The Cheras security guard cluster saw 10 infected so far: nine Nepali nationals and one Malaysian.

KUALA LUMPUR, May 7 — Health authorities have detected a Covid-19 cluster involving security guards at a shopping centre in Cheras here, with nine Nepali nationals and a Malaysian infected.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) said all infected Nepali citizens were staying at the same residence in Cheras.

Coronavirus screening has been conducted on residents there, security guards at the mall, as well as related supermarket workers.

“So far, 436 people have been screened, where 10 tested positive, 347 negative, and 79 are still awaiting results,” Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement, adding that the cause of infection for the cluster was still under investigation.

MOH today reported 39 new Covid-19 cases, including one imported case and eight cases from Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) areas, which means that 30 were community transmissions.

The number of community transmissions today fell from 43 yesterday.

The total number of Covid-19 cases in the country has hit 6,467 cases, including 1,584 active coronavirus cases that have all been put in hospital. No new deaths were reported today, with the total Covid-19 death toll remaining at 107.

A total of 74 patients recovered from coronavirus and were discharged from hospital today, leading to a total recovery of 4,776 patients.

Nineteen Covid-19 patients are being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU), including eight on ventilator support.

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