Four new Covid-19 clusters in Sarawak

KUCHING: The State Health Department today (May 1) declared four new Covid-19 clusters in Sarawak, with one each in Beluru, Sebauh, Bintulu and Selangau.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said the first cluster, Long Jegan cluster in Beluru, involved a primary school in Long Jegan.

It said the index case of the cluster, Case 26,339, was a 25-year-old male teacher from the school. He was detected through symptomatic individual screening on April 22.

The committee said that of the 162 individuals who were screened; 57 including the index case were positive, 98 were negative while seven were still awaiting laboratory results.

The SDMC said that the second cluster, Sungai Mas cluster, was a community cluster involving a longhouse in Sungai Mas, Sebauh.

It said the index case of the cluster, Case 19,609, was detected as a result of symptomatic screening at a private clinic in Bintulu. The case was referred to Bintulu Hospital after testing positive for the virus.

The SDMC said that of the 230 individuals who were screened, 52 including the index case were found positive, 84 were negative while 94 were still awaiting laboratory results.

The third cluster in Bintulu, known as the Batu 25 cluster, involved a longhouse at Batu 25, Jalan Miri-Bintulu.

The committee said the index case of the cluster, Case 31,098, was a nine-year-old pupil who was detected as a result of symptomatic screening at a private clinic on April 22.

SDMC said the index case is said to have visited the longhouse at Batu 25 with family members on April 17 while having signs and symptoms of Covid-19.

Of the 198 individuals who were screened, 95 including the index case were positive, 101 were negative while two were still awaiting laboratory results.

The committee said the fourth cluster in Selangau, known as the Sungai Nirai cluster, was a community cluster involving a longhouse in Sungai Nirai, Selangau in Sibu division.

The SDMC said the index case, Case 26,492, was a pregnant 25-year-old woman. She was detected through symptomatic individual screening at Sibu Hospital on April 26 before being referred and admitted to the hospital for further treatment on April 22.

It said that the woman started experiencing symptoms on April 11. Of the 66 people who were screened, 41   including the index case were positive while 25 were negative.

On the Covid-19 zones in Sarawak, the SDMC said that Sebauh district had changed from orange to red after 41 local transmission cases were reported in the last 14 days.

It said Matu district had returned to orange from red after only 35 local transmission cases were reported in the past two weeks.

As of today (May 1), the number of red districts is 23 while the number of orange districts is five. There are 11 yellow districts while Simunjan is the only green zone left.