KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry (MoH) identified four new Covid-19 clusters yesterday involving the Pitakwa person under investigation (PUI), Shirala PUI, Kuching Medical Centre and Jupiter, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He said the index cases for the four clusters comprised two Malaysians and two non-citizens.

The Pitakwa PUI cluster index case is a Malaysian (case 8,737) who returned from Nigeria on July 11 but tested negative for Covid-19 on arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

However, the individual developed severe symptoms three days later and was admitted to Hospital Hulu Terengganu after a repeat Covid-19 test turned out positive, said Dr Noor Hisham in a statement yesterday.

For the Kuching Medical Centre Cluster, the index case is a Malaysian (case 8,734), an asymptomatic healthcare frontliner who was tested for Covid-19 as a high-risk person.

The individual was admitted to the Sarawak General Hospital after being found positive on July 14, he said. Subsequently, another positive case was detected from screenings done on 26 close contacts who included family members and colleagues.

For the Jupiter Cluster, the index case (case 8,723) is a non-citizen, a sailor with a history of travel to Japan and Singapore.

“That individual was admitted to a medical centre and tested positive for Covid-19 before being transferred to Hospital Bintulu, Sarawak. Following that, 29 close contacts were identified from among the crew members.

“Of this number, two were found positive (cases 8,747 and 8,748) and 27 were negative. This cluster is an isolated import cluster. The community in the surrounding areas was not exposed to the crew members but any cases which require treatment will be immediately taken to a medical centre or hospital,” he added. – Bernama