The Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah (HTAR) in Klang has an outbreak of COVID-19, the Selangor Health Department has confirmed.

According to State health director Dr Sha'ari Ngadiman, about HTAR employees have been infected by the disease and are currently being treated at the Sungai Buloh Hospital.

"The situation, however, is under control and patients at the hospital are still being treated. All close contacts have undergone the swab test and placed under home surveillance orders.

"All patients in contact with the infected cases have also undergone the same test," Sha'ari said in a statement yesterday evening, reported Bernama.

Sha'ari said that HTAR patients have also been infected with the disease, but did not mention the numbers.

The source of the infection is yet to be identified but Sha'ari said that Klang’s status as a COVID-19 red zone and the increase in severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) cases being treated at the hospital could most likely cause the rise in the coronavirus cases.

He assured that HTAR will continue to comply with all the COVID-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) and will take the necessary preventive measures and controls at the hospital.

Frontliners were also always wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE) when on duty, Sha'ari added.

He further urged the public not to go to HTAR unless an emergency, and cautioned against spreading unverified news that could cause unnecessary concern and confusion.

Earlier yesterday, several news outlets reported the outbreak, quoting sources, that at least 40 staff and 50 in-patients of HTAR have contracted the disease.

The biggest contributor of COVID-19 cases in Selangor, and Malaysia at large, is the Teratai cluster involving the outbreak at the Top Glove's worker dormitories, in Klang.

As of yesterday, a total of 89,127 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported in Malaysia, with 432 deaths.

The global infection and death tally from the coronavirus has surpassed 75.2 million, and 1.66 million, respectively.


Source: Bernama
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