By Chew Lip Song
TWO students, aged seven and 10, are among the 11 new Covid-19 cases reported today from the Sivangangga cluster in Kedah which is now linked to 20 cases.
Both are close contact of two confirmed cases, and first generation patients from the cluster which was first discovered after a Malaysian permanent resident returned from overseas and flouted home quarantine.
Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said all patients are being treated at the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital in Alor Setar.
“Active case detection is being carried out by the District Health Office to curb the spread of Covid-19. All premises affected, including schools and homes will be disinfected,” he said in a statement today.
The 11 cases from the cluster is part of the 14 new reported in Malaysia today, bringing the total to 8,999 cases with 210 active patients.
Of the 14 new cases, one involved a Filipino who was infected abroad, while the remaining 13 cases are locally transmitted and all involving Malaysians.
Besides the 11 cases from the Sivagangga cluster, the remaining are from Sandakan and Labuan.
There are now two Covid-19 patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), with one requiring respiratory support.