Super spreader strain behind Sivagangga cluster?

Written by: GK | 07 Aug 2020 11:06
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07 Aug 2020 11:06

THE Sivagangga Covid-19 cluster in Kedah which has been linked to 30 confirmed cases so far may have originated from a super- spreader strain of of the virus.

Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the cluster had a faster rate of transmission compared with nine other clusters in other states.

“We were informed of a super- spreader coronavirus strain that originated from countries such as Egypt,” he said at a press conference in Putrajaya yesterday.

“We have to test the sample in the labs and see the genomic sequence of the virus.”

The Health Ministry is now focusing on targeted screening of the Sivagangga cluster, especially involving those who have visited the nasi kandar restaurant in Jitra, those who have had close contact with positive cases from the cluster, and others who are within a 1km radius of the restaurant.

The six cases found to be linked to the Sivagangga cluster were from the second generation of the infection, with one person found to be a close contact of a family member who had visited the nasi kandar restaurant.

Five others involved a family who visited a location which has now been put under the enhanced movement control order (MCO) in Kedah, while the source of infection is still under investigation.

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