26 September 2020, Saturday | 10:40am

Sivagangga Cluster a possible super spreader - Dr Noor Hisham


PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry is conducting studies to determine if Kedah's Sivagangga Persons Under Investigations (PUI) Cluster, which has so far infected 30 people, is a Covid-19 virus super spreader cluster.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this was due to the rapid rate of virus infections in the cluster compared to nine other clusters in Sarawak and other states.

"We are studying whether we are facing a Genome 614 (G614) cluster, which is a super spreader. There is a huge possibility that it is, but we need to do a detailed study on this.

"We need to culture the virus at the labs and look at its genomic sequence, which had infected the cluster.

"We have included the Sivagangga PUI Cluster as a targeted group. Screening will be done on those who not only had dined at the nasi kandar shop, but also on people who had been exposed to positive cases and had been within a one-kilometre radius of the premises," he said during a press conference at the ministry today.

Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry had been notified about super spreader clusters that originated from Eygpt and Pakistan.

On a separate cluster known as the Bukit Tiram Cluster in Johor, he said members of a Roman Catholic church and surrounding community members, including those from outside the state, were now undergoing targeted group screenings.






Source: New Straits Times                    https://bit.ly/2C3AwPg

Photo: thestar.com.my

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