KUCHING: A new Covid-19 cluster named the Seruas Cluster has been identified in Beluru by the state Health Department.
The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said the index case for this cluster was Case 4,308 — a 61-year-old woman who tested positive on Jan 28 after undergoing individual screening.
The spread of the virus was believed to be through close contacts of those attending a funeral ceremony at the Serawong Tengah longhouse on Jan 25 to 27.
“The longhouse has also been placed under enhanced movement control order (EMCO).
“Following active detection and screening of close contacts to the index case and residents of Serawong Tengah, a total of 58 additional new positive cases were detected,” it stated.
As of Feb 7, at 12pm, a total of 150 individuals were screened whereby 59 cases tested as positive including the index case, 29 individuals tested negative, and 62 individuals are awaiting results.
“As of today, there are fifteen remaining Covid-19 clusters in Sarawak, namely Seruas Cluster in Beluru; Sebangkoi Cluster in Sri Aman; Jun Heng Cluster in Bintulu; Bintang Daily Cluster in Meradong; Jalan Pengiran Cluster in Matu; Tabong Cluster in Bau; Keranji Tabuan Cluster, Indah Riang Cluster, and Stutong Cluster in Kuching; Bedayan Cluster in Serian; Rakut Cluster, Jelita Cluster and Bah Sayap Cluster in Miri; Bukit Sekubong Cluster in Sebauh; and Pasai Cluster in Sibu,” it added.
Meanwhile, Samarahan District changed its status from yellow to orange after recording 25 cases of local transmissions in the last 14 days.
Betong District, however, has returned to yellow from orange status after recording only nine cases of local transmissions in the last 14 days.
Beluru, Kapit, Song, Dalat, Bintulu, Kanowit, Miri and Sibu districts remained red zones with the total local transmission cases at 1,951 within the last 14 days.
Kuching, Selangau, Sri Aman, Matu, Bau, and Subis districts remained orange zones with 159 locally transmitted cases in the last 14 days.
Saratok, Sarikei, Sebauh, Daro, Lawas, Telang Usan, Bukit Mabong, Tatau, Pakan, Serian, Belaga, Meradong, Julau, Simunjan, and Lubok Antu districts remained yellow zones with a total of 101 locally transmitted cases during the period of 14 days.