KUCHING: Five new community clusters were declared in Sarawak on Thursday (Aug 5) – two each in Kuching and Lundu as well as one in Tatau.
The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said these new clusters were namely the Kampung Seratau Cluster and Kampung Bintawa Ulu Cluster in Kuching; Kampung Sebat Melayu Cluster and Kampung Pueh Cluster in Lundu; and Nanga Serenggas Cluster in Tatau.
Information on each of the new clusters
SDMC said the Kampung Seratau Cluster in Kuching was a community cluster involving a village under the extended enhanced movement control order (EMCO) at 15th Mile, Jalan Kuching-Serian.
“A total of 1,084 people has been screened, whereby 352 including the index case tested positive, 372 tested negative, and 360 are awaiting results,” they said in a statement on Thursday.
They said the Kampung Bintawa Ulu Cluster in Kuching, a community cluster, involved a village under the EMCO in the Bintawa, Petra Jaya area.
“A total of 125 people has been screened, of which 72 including the index case tested positive, 53 were found negative, and 10 new cases were reported today (Thursday).”
On the Kampung Sebat Melayu Cluster, they said this community cluster involved a village located at Jalan Lundu-Sematan in Lundu.
“A total of 141 people has been screened, whereby 39 including the index case tested positive, 102 tested negative, and seven new cases were reported today (Thursday).”
SDMC said the Kampung Pueh Cluster was a community cluster involving a longhouse also located at Jalan Lundu-Sematan in Lundu.
“Twenty-five people have been screened, of which 12 including the index case tested positive while 13 tested negative.”
As for the Nanga Serenggas Cluster, they said this community cluster involved a longhouse under the EMCO in Nanga Serenggas, Tatau.
“A total of 63 people has been screened, whereby 19 including the index case tested positive, 44 are still awaiting results, and 18 new cases were reported today (Thursday).”
Positive cases from the new clusters in Kuching and Lundu are being treated at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) and the Quarantine and Low-Risk Treatment Centre (PKRC) in Kuching District, whereas those from the Nanga Serenggas Cluster in Tatau are being treated at Bintulu Hospital and the PKRC in Bintulu District.
The committee also announced the end of four clusters in the state, namely Sungai Kotak Cluster, Meradong; Tanjong Lelengau Cluster, Pakan; Luteng Cluster, Telang Usan; and Blimbing Cluster, Bau.
With that, Sarawak has 90 active clusters as of Thursday.
Declaration, extension, and end of EMCO
SDMC declared that the EMCO will be enforced at four localities in the state.
The EMCO will be imposed at Rh Faizal, Kampung Engkeramut in Sri Aman District from Aug 5 to 18; Rh Rentap, Sg Rayah, Bintangor in Meradong District from Aug 5 to 21; Kampung Bintawa Tengah and Ulu in Kuching District from Aug 6 to 19; and Rh Nyambar, Dabai Baroh, Roban in Kabong District from Aug 6 to 20.
The committee also announced that the EMCO at three localities in Beluru District would be extended to last from Aug 6 to 12.
These are namely the EMCO enforced at Rumah Labo Abit, Jambatan Lemua, Bakong; Rumah Ambon anak Menggat, Jambatan Lemua, Bakong; and Rumah Seman Riggie, Sg Nat, Jalan Samling, Tinjar.
It was also announced that the EMCO at Rh Bat/Doris, Simpang Koko in Sarikei District and Workers’ Quarters, Ramawin Sdn Bhd, Kemena Industrial Estate in Bintulu District had come to an end on Aug 5.
Changes in zone statuses
SDMC said Beluru District changed status from orange to red on Thursday after recording 41 local infection cases in the past fortnight.
They said Sebauh District changed from green to yellow after recording five new local infection cases on Thursday while Telang Usan District returned to yellow from orange after recording only 20 local infection cases in the past 14 days.
“Bukit Mabong District has regained its green status as no new local infection cases have been reported in the last 14 days.”
As such, Sarawak has 19 red districts, seven orange districts, nine yellow districts, and five green districts as of Thursday.