New Covid-19 Cluster

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A new Covid 19 cluster comprising of 43 students returning from Temboro, Indonesia, has been identified and contained, said director-general of health Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

According to Noor Hisham, the cases came to light when the students arrived back in Malaysia at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on April 16.

Temboro, is part of the Magetan district, which has been declared a red zone.

“From the total, 34 have been quarantined in Malacca, while nine are in Kuala Lumpur,” he said.

Noor Hisham said this showed the government’s decision to quarantine and screen all Malaysians returning from overseas was correct.

“This is to ensure that imported cases do not spread to other members of the public,” he said.

He also clarified that the medical experts who arrived here yesterday are here to share their knowledge on the coronavirus and the measures taken, be it effective or otherwise, so that Malaysia can benefit from their shared experience and not repeat the same mistakes.

“It is not just positive matters [that we discussed], even though there are measures that they have done, but it was not successful, we would like to know as we can learn from those measures which are not successful so that we don’t repeat them.

“In our discussions, a lot of issues that have arisen, from the treatment of patients, also issue of education, detention, and specific techniques,” he said in his daily press briefing.

Noor Hisham stated that the Chinese medical experts are not here to treat patients, but stressed that they are helping public health officials here to better understand the coronavirus, which is also crucial to combat the outbreak.