Emperoh Jambu Cluster goes beyond third generation

Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: The Covid-19 infection involving the Emperoh Jambu Cluster is seen to have infected beyond the third generation, said Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

He said although the new positive cases are classified as part of the Emperoh Jambu Cluster, there are a number of recent new cases and from active contract tracing, the cases are actually reported around the Mile 13 area.

“This includes from shops such as bird nests shop, supermarkets, coffee shops, and around the PRP flats, which is not in the actual area of Kampung Emperoh Jambu that is currently placed under enhanced movement control order (EMCO),” he said in a Facebook post on Friday (March 5).

He, therefore, urged those who have been in the above-mentioned areas to visit any health clinic to be Covid-19 assessed and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tested as those areas have high mobility and volume of people.

“We need everyone to play your role and do your part to prevent this from becoming a Pasai Cluster that also involves the Sibujaya flat,” he said.

Dr Sim, who is also the Minister of Local Government and Housing said perhaps it is time to name those around Mile 13 as a sub cluster of the Emperoh Jambu Cluster to better reflect the situation and location.

“Also, hopefully, the positive cases of Sungai Bakong Cluster will not go beyond the second generation, and now 400 cases are still waiting for their PCR test results,” he said.

The Emperoh Jambu Cluster was declared on Feb 22 which involved Kuching, Samarahan, and Serian districts. This is a community cluster that happened in Kampung Emperoh Jambu in Padawan.

The index case is a 45-year-old man who tested positive on Feb 16 which he had undergone screenings before starting work. He is believed to have infected his family members, who likely spread it to other contacts when attending the funeral of the index case’s wife.

As of March 5, the positive cases involved in this cluster reported at 212 cases with 188 still awaiting test results.