Sim clarifies Stutong Cluster

KUCHING: The Covid-19 cluster named Stutong Cluster which was declared on Jan 3 is not related to the previous cluster that involved the Stutong Community Market here.

Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian had advised the public not to confuse Stutong Cluster with the Stutong Community Market Cluster.

“Understand that the newly declared Stutong Cluster is related to the place of living of the index case (Case 1,119) at Stutong Heights,” he said in a Facebook post on Sunday (Jan 3).

On Jan 1, Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) reported that Case 1,119 involved a local woman who worked as a life insurance planning agent and is also a household contact to Case 1,118. She went fora swab test at a private hospital in the city on Dec 31 after having cough and the test result came back positive on the same day.

“There are two more cases related to Cases 1,118 and 1,119 after contact tracing was done.

“Case 1,131 was with Case 1,118 and 1,119 at K11 Karaoke on Dec 27 and Case 1,132 met Case 1,119 in the office on Dec 24,” said Sim.

He said this cluster was highly mobile with extensive network of job and social contacts and highly infectious due to low CT (Cycle Threshold) values. Therefore, more people who were exposed needed to come forward to be RT-PCR tested.

“Unfortunately, only 10 walked in for the RT-PCR testing at Petra Jaya Health Clinic on Jan 3,” he said.

Sim said it was important for those who were with the positive cases to get tested immediately as this will help to stop transmission of the virus in the community.