Four new clusters emerge in Sarawak


By Petronella Langita Felix

KUCHING: Four new Covid-19 clusters have emerged in Sarawak — two in Kuching and one each in Bintulu and Bau.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said three of the latest clusters are community clusters and one workplace cluster.

The Simpang Bakun Cluster involved residents of a longhouse under the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) at Simpang Bakun, Jalan Bintulu-Bakun in Bintulu.

Out of 133 people screened, 42 persons including the index case tested positive while 91 are still awaiting tests result. 11 new cases were reported on Sunday (Sept 5).

The other community cluster is the Pangkalan Cluster in Bau which involved residents of two villages, namely Kampung Pangkalan Bau and Kampung Pangkalan Loji at Jalan Bau-Lundu.

Twenty-two people out of 53 individuals screened tested positive for Covid-19 including the index case, while two people are still awaiting tests result.

The third community cluster is dubbed the Annah Rais Cluster in Kuching that involved residents of Kampung Annah Rais in Padawan.

Out of 30 people screened, 28 individuals tested positive including the index case, while two people are still awaiting tests result.

Meanwhile, the workplace cluster is the Persiaran Silicon Cluster involving workers and residents of a semi-conductor manufacturing factory at Persiaran Silicon, Sama Jaya Free Industry Zone in Kuching.

Ten people were screened and all 10 including the index case tested positive for Covid-19.

“All Covid-19 positive cases were admitted to nearby hospitals and low-risk treatment centres (PKRC) in their respective districts,” said SDMC.

SDMC also announced the end of five clusters, namely the Balai Ringin Melayu Cluster in Serian; the Jalan Ding Lik Kwong Dua in Sibu; as well as Jalan Stutong Baru Cluster, Taman Yen-Yen Cluster, and Kampung Jaya Bakti Cluster in Kuching.

It said that out of the 137 active Covid-19 clusters in the state, 21 clusters recorded a total of 417 new cases on Sunday.

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