By Chew Lip Song
A COVID-19 patient had joined a Hari Raya Haji communal activity in Kedah over the weekend prior to being tested positive, despite showing symptoms of the disease and had come into close contact with another confirmed case.
Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the patient was from the Sivagangga cluster in Kedah and had regularly dined in the restaurant operated by the cluster’s index case, a permanent resident who had just returned from overseas.
On July 27, the patient took a Rapid Test Kit Antibody in a private heath facility where the results returned negative, Dr Noor Hisham said in a media conference.
“On July 31, he started developing fever and cough but did not contact the District Health Office or the nearest Health Clinic. It was only a day later, after he took part in Hari Raya Aidiladha activities, did he inform that he was a close contact of the index case.
“Following that, he was screened through the RT-PCR test where he was confirmed to be Covid-19 positive. He has been admitted to the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital for treatment,” Dr Noor Hisham added.
He also called on the public not to hide important information from health authorities, for example if they had come into contact with Covid-19 positive cases.
Dr Noor Hisham said the Sivagangga cluster started after the index case breached home quarantine rules, and now 21 confirmed cases are linked to the index.
He added that there were other clusters which were also caused by patients breaching home quarantine rules. They are the Elsa, Novgorod, Pitakwa, Melbourne, Ramnad, Al Khobar and Shirala clusters.
The new case from the Sivagangga cluster is one of the two new cases reported today. The other involved a college student who was tested randomly from Labuan.
This brings the total number of cases to 9,001. No new deaths were reported, with the total remaining at 125.
In Sarawak, no new cases were also reported.