New cluster detected in Sarikei

KUCHING: The State Health Department has declared a new cluster dubbed Sungai Selangan Cluster in Sarikei district.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a statement today (June 3) disclosed that Sungai Selangan Cluster is a community cluster detected in a longhouse in Sungai Selangan area.

The committee said the cluster emerged from social interaction among the longhouse residents whereby 101 including the case index were confirmed Covid-19 positive.

“Out of 286 individuals who were screened, 185 were negative. All of the Covid-19 positive cases were referred to Sarikei Hospital and admitted there as well as low-risk quarantine centre (PKRC) in Sarikei district for isolation and further treatments.

“The longhouse was also placed under the enhanced movement control order (Emco) from May 26 to June 11,” SDMC said.

The committee also disclosed that the State Health Department has declared the end of four clusters namely Jalan Bambangan Cluster in Mukah, Kampung Tengah Betong Cluster in Betong, Jalan Roban Lama Cluster in Saratok and Kemas Cluster in Kuching.

SDMC said the declaration was made after no new cases were detected or reported in the past 28 days involving the clusters.

“The state has 78 active Covid-19 clusters. Seven clusters recorded the addition of 102 new cases while the other 71 clusters did not,” SDMC said.

On another note, the committee stated that the district of Dalat and Saratok have changed to red status after more than 40 local infection cases were recorded in the past two weeks.

“This increased the number of red districts to 30,” SDMC said.

The district of Sebauh has returned to orange status from red after 39 local infection cases were recorded in the past 14 days, this decreased the number of orange districts to three.

“The district of Lawas has returned to yellow from orange after 12 local infection cases were recorded in the past two weeks. There are six yellow status districts and Telang Usan remains as the only green district in the state,” SDMC said.