As the Jalan Pekan Baru cluster continues to expand, an old folks' home located at Taman Eng Ann records 27 confirmed cases, including 22 elders and 5 caretakers. As of 18 August, 15 of the elders have passed away due to the virus.
On 30 July 2021, a cluster broke out at an old folks' home in Taman Eng Ann, Klang. In a short span of three days, five of the elders succumbed to the virus one after another. The Ministry of Health had labeled the cluster as the Jalan Pekan Baru cluster.
Rumors have been spread among local residents regarding the serious situation at the old folks' home. The management had clarified on 8 August that the exact death count was 10.
As of 16 August, more rumors were spread around that 18 elders have passed away. But after the local residential society had contacted the old folks' home for clarification, they confirmed that a total of 15 elders have succumbed to the virus.
According to city councellor Mr. Lee Fu Haw who had accompanied sanitization workers to the old folks' home said that there were still seven elders there. All of them have passed the 14-day quarantine period and are considered recovered. But because their bodies are now weaker, he hopes that they will continue to strengthen themselves.
The old folks' home had more than 20 inhabitants, and with 15 dead, it is heartbreaking to witness. Most of the elders have not receive their vaccinations, many stated that things may have been different if they had received their jabs.
"We wanted to schedule their vaccination appointments, but one of the elders tested positive and everyone else had to quarantine. This caused a disruption in the original plan to vaccinate the elders."
He also stated that because the old folks' home was a private one, they did not reach out for help immediately when the virus hit. Mr. Lee emphasized that no matter companies, families or nursing centres, please reach out for help from local authorities immediately if someone among the community tests positive.
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