Covid-19: Family gatherings caused new clusters, says DG

Dr Noor Hisham – Picture from The Star

By John Isaac

THE health ministry has advised the people to practice “what is right and correct the wrongs” in complying with Covid-19 protocols while at gatherings or in public places.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the public should take heed following the rising number of cases in clusters from social gatherings that did not follow the rules.

“This includes big gatherings involving family members, celebrations and religious ceremonies. People with symptoms were also at these gatherings,” he said in a statement.

Dr Noor Hisham cited the Enggor Cluster in Perak and Indah Mas Cluster in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor as having started from a family get-together, from which infections continued to spread within the community.

He said the Inai and Jambul clusters in Sabah were among clusters that originated from celebration events; the Mentari cluster affecting Selangor, Negeri Sembilan and Kuala Lumpur resulted from a religious ceremony involving family members and acquaintances who attended a funeral in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan.

“It is indeed hard to practice physical distancing in crowded and confined areas, however, taking note from these clusters, the public should adhere to ministry advice. It is important for us to always be cautious and strive to protect ourselves, our family and people around us from Covid-19,” he said. – Bernama