KUCHING: The State Health Department (JKNS) has declared a new cluster dubbed the Bukit Tunggal Cluster in Julau district.
In a statement today, the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said this community clusters involved two longhouses in Nangga Lioh and Nangga Sebuntang in the Bukit Tunggal area in Julau.
“The index case of this cluster is a local managed aged 69 who was detected through symptomatic screening at a health centre on Feb 25.
“The spread of Covid-19 infection among the residents of Bukit Tunggal is believed to have involved gotong-royong activities to harvest paddy,” the committee said.
It said as a result of early investigation and active case detection (ACD) at the two longhouses, an additional 28 cases were detected.
With that, the two longhouses in Nangga Lioh and Nangga Sebuntang were placed under lockdown for 14 days starting Mar 1.
“As of 12pm today, a total of 139 persons had been screened, whereby 29 tested positive including the index case, 94 tested negative, and 16 are still awaiting their results,” said SDMC.
With the addition of this new cluster, there are 26 active clusters in the state.
These include the Nanga Lijan and Bukit Tunggal Clusters in Julau; Buloh Cluster in Selangau; Jalan Muhibbah Cluster in Betong; Emperoh Jambu, Jalan Green, Kampung Sungai Maong, and Indah Riang Clusters in Kuching; Sungai Bakong and Bintang Daily Clusters in Meradong; Kejatau and Sebangkoi Clusters in Sri Aman; Jan Yong and Gelong Clusters in Kapit; Geronggang, Mas Merah and Pasai Clusters as well as Tangap (Subis) Sub-Cluster in Sibu; Univista and Jalan Ho Pin Clusters in Samarahan; Kidurong Dua and Jun Heng Clusters in Bintulu; Seruas Cluster in Beluru; Jalan Pengiran Cluster in Matu; Tabong Cluster in Bau; plus Rakut and Jelita Clusters in Miri.