There has been a steady rise in Covid-19 cases, a total of 2,532 clusters have been recorded in Malaysia since yesterday, with no less than 15 clusters recorded in the past week.
According to data by the Ministry of Health (KKM), the Teratai Cluster among Top Glove staff who live at the workers’ hostels along Jalan Teratai in Meru, Klang is the largest cluster in the country so far, with a total of 7,205 infections.
KKM also reported that the Tabligh Cluster detected in the first wave of COVID-19 last year recorded the highest number of deaths, with 34 dead. Based on genome sequencing of samples taken from Covid-19 patients, the ministry suspected the cluster originated from Indonesia.
Meanwhile, the Pasai Cluster in Sarawak, which is the second-highest cluster recorded 25 deaths. The cluster caused many residents in several longhouses in Sibu Division to become infected after a woman returned to the district from Johor to attend her father’s funeral.
Director-General of Health, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham was previously reported to have said that the country is facing a sharp increase of new Covid-19 infections and deaths especially since April 1.
According to Harian Metro, he said most of the new cases and deaths were sporadic cases detected in the community and could not be linked to existing cases or clusters.
The government is now rolling out a massive vaccination programme that will allow Malaysians to achieve cluster immunity as quickly as possible. It is hoped that with the addition of mega vaccination centres (PPVs), drive-thru methods and the involvement of private sectors, 80 per cent of the population will be vaccinated by the end of this year.
As of June 17, 2021, Malaysia recorded 5,738 new Covid-19 positive cases with 60 deaths out of a total of 678,764 confirmed cases.