JOHOR BARU: The Johor government has attributed the main causes of the state’s rise in the number of Covid-19 cases to manufacturing and social activities.

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

He said that 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%) clusters from shopping centers, 3 (3%) holding clusters and 2 (1%) import clusters.

“The increase in targeted screening has also contributed to the increase in positive Covid-19 cases 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 between states from Selangor to attend the funeral of a family member, causing 23 of them to be infected with the virus.

“Likewise, 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 the variants of concern (VOCs) had been identified in several districts such as Johor Baru, Mersing, Segamat, Tangkak and Muar but their numbers were low and under control.

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

Meanwhile, regarding vaccination, Vidyananthan said a total of 828,921 people in Johor received their first vaccine injection, of which 322,233 out of the total received their second vaccination dose as of July 26, including people the 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 that of the 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. Based on the cumulative figure, 389,237 (13.9%) had completed both doses of the vaccine, ”he said.

He added that 231 vaccination centers (PPVs) were operating statewide where 41 were public PPVs, 12 were mega PPVs, 175 were private PPVs and three were industry PPVs.

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