Most Covid-19 cases caused by manufacturing and social activities, Johor government says

JOHOR BARU: The Government of Johor has attributed the main causes for the increase in Covid-19 cases in the state to the manufacturing sector and social activities.

The chairman of the National Health and Environment Committee, R. Vidyananthan, said the majority of reported cases were among employees staying in workers’ hostels, which contributed to the total number of cases.

He said as of July 26, there were 154 clusters in Johor, of which 82 clusters or 53% were from industrial sectors, followed by 30 (19%) community clusters, 27 (18%) institutions, 10 (6%) shopping center clusters, 3 (3%) holding clusters and 2 (1%) import clusters.

“The multiplication of targeted screenings has also contributed to the increase in positive cases of Covid-19 in the industrial sector.

“Apart from that, the positive cases were closely linked to social activities, especially festivities and funerals.

“The Jalan Bistari Yayasan cluster in Segamat recorded people traveling interstate from Selangor to attend the funeral of a family member, resulting in 23 of them being infected with the virus.

“Similarly, the Teratai Kulai cluster identified cases of home visits during the recent Hari Raya Aidiladha, resulting in 39 people testing positive for Covid-19,” he said.

He added that Variants of Concern (VOCs) had been identified in several districts such as Johor Baru, Mersing, Segamat, Tangkak and Muar, but the numbers were low and under control.

As of July 26, only one locality, Felda Maokil in Muar, was still under the reinforced movement control order where 308 positive cases were identified out of the 691 people screened, he said.

Meanwhile, on vaccination, Vidyananthan said that a total of 828,921 people in Johor had received their first injection of vaccine, of which 322,233 out of the total had received their second dose of vaccination as of July 26, including people elderly, people with disabilities and people with co-morbidities.

He said 71,623 frontline workers in the state had also received their first dose of the vaccine and of a total 67,004 had completed their two-dose vaccination.

“That means 32.7% or 900,544 people in the state had received at least one dose of the vaccine. Of the cumulative figure, 389,237 (13.9%) had completed both doses of the vaccine,” he said.

He added that 231 Vaccination Centers (VPPs) were operating across the state, of which 41 were public VPPs, 12 were mega VPPs, 175 were private VPPs and three were industrial VPPs.

Joel C. Hicks