Pasai is Malaysia’s largest inter-state travel Covid-19 cluster

A sign prohibiting outsiders from entering Pasai Siong – DayakDaily photo

By Chew Lip Song

PASAI is the country’s largest Covid-19 cluster that is attributed to inter-state travel, with 2,693 infections, over three times that of the second-largest, Tembok Mempaga, in Pahang with 809.

The third-largest is Tembok Bukit Besi in Terengganu with 447, based on the statistics released by the Health Ministry’s Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) on its Telegram platform. Of the three, only Pasai is not a prison or correctional centre.

The Pasai cluster, declared on Jan 9 was traced to a woman who travelled from Johor to Sibu to attend her father’s funeral. She was supposed to be quarantined in a hotel, but ended up being quarantined in a longhouse.

It was earlier reported that the index case flew home on Dec 29. She tested negative when swabbed at Kuching airport but later tested positive on Jan 5 at a clinic.

According to the CPRC’s projection, the cluster will be declared over on Apr 12, if no new infections were detected by then.

Meanwhile, the Tembok Mempaga cluster, declared on Dec 29 last year, is scheduled to end on Apr 24. The index case is traced to Kuala Lumpur.

The source of the Tembok Bukit Besi infection is Johor. It was declared on Jan 26 and scheduled to end on Apr 23.

As of Tuesday, 5,043 infections were due to inter-state travel.

Source: CPRC