Tawar Cluster Hits 73, Kedah Sees Two Unlinked Covid-19 Cases

The Ministry of Health (MOH) reported six new Covid-19 cases today, five in Kedah.

KUALA LUMPUR, August 26 — The Ministry of Health (MOH) reported five new locally transmitted Covid-19 cases today, three from the Tawar cluster and two unlinked cases, all in Kedah.

The two unlinked cases were detected during a symptomatic screening at Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital and in a severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) patient at the same hospital in Alor Setar, Kedah.

As of 12pm today, a total of 4,051 individuals have been screened from the Tawar cluster across Kedah, Penang, and Perak. A total of 73 individuals have tested positive (62 in Kedah and 11 in Penang), 3,408 individuals tested negative, while 570 individuals are still waiting for their results. All the 11 individuals that were tested in Perak were negative.

In a press conference yesterday, Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah mentioned that the Covid-19 infection rate from the Tawar cluster was high and investigations are currently being done to identify the type of virus.

MOH reported six new Covid-19 cases today, bringing the total number of cases to 9,291.

The imported case reported was a foreigner who returned from Singapore currently in Selangor.

Seven patients have recovered today, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 8,978.

MOH reported 188 active Covid-19 cases as of today including nine patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with six of them on ventilator support.

The death toll in Malaysia remains at 125 cases as no new casualties were reported today.

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