Seven new clusters reported in Sarawak


By Aisyah Azzahra Suhiri

KUCHING: The Health Department reported seven new clusters in Sarawak on Monday (Sept 6).

It said in a statement that five new clusters were workplace clusters while the rest were community clusters.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said that the workplace cluster, dubbed the Jalan Bulan Sabit cluster in Miri, involved employees of a fast-food restaurant.

Of the 86 people who were screened, 17 including the index case, were positive while 60 were negative. Nine are still waiting for the test results. Today, the cluster reported three new cases. 

The second workplace cluster, known as the Jalan Market cluster in Bau, involved employees of a supermarket.

Of the 39 people who were screened, eight including the index case were positive while 21 were negative. Ten are waiting for test results.

The third workplace cluster, the Sawit 16 cluster in the Beluru district, involved employees and occupants of an employees’ housing quarters at an oil palm plantation under the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) in Beluru.

The Sawit 16 cluster saw 12 positive cases including the index case out of the 31 people screened. Three are still awaiting lab test results while one new case was reported today.

The fourth workplace cluster, the Jalan Batu Lintang Cluster, involved employees of a nursery at Jalan Batu Lintang, Kuching.

Of the 14 people tested, 11 including the index case, were positive while three were negative. One new case was reported today.

The fifth workplace cluster, known as the Warong Metrocity cluster, involved employees at a restaurant located at Metrocity New Township, Petra Jaya, Kuching. All 15 people screened including the index case were positive.

The first community cluster, namely, the Lubok Besai cluster in the Pakan district, involved residents of a longhouse in Lubok Besai, Nanga Entaih, Pakan.

The cluster saw 75 positive cases including the index case out of the 108 people screened.  33 people are waiting for results.

The second community cluster, known as the Bijongon cluster in the Bau district, involved residents of Kampung Bijongon in the Krokong area, Bau.

Of the 53 people tested, 31 including the index case were positive. 12 were negative while10 are still waiting for the test results.

All positive cases are receiving treatment at hospitals and Covid-19 Quarantine and Low-Risk Treatment Centre (PKRCs) in their respective districts.

The SDMC today also reported the end of five clusters, namely, the Sentosa 2 cluster, the Telaga Air cluster and the Taman Malihah cluster in the Kuching district.

The Jalan Selalang Cluster in the Sarikei district and Nangga Serenggas in the Tatau district also ended on Monday. The committee added that 27 out of the 139 active clusters in the state had recorded 178 new cases.    

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