State declared two new clusters

KUCHING: The State Health Department today (May 8) declared two new Covid-19 clusters each in Tebedu and Sebauh.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said in the first Tebedu Mawang cluster there are two villages.

It said the index case of the cluster, Case 30,942, is a 47-year-old local woman who was detected through symptomatic individual screening in Tebedu Health Clinic on April 29 and confirmed positive on Apr 30.

She was infected within the community and spread the virus to her family members as well as close and casual contacts in three nearby villages including two primary schools in Tebedu district.

The committee said that of the 107 individuals who were screened, 20 (including the index case) were positive; 86 were negative while one was still awaiting test results.

It added that all the positive cases from this cluster were referred to Serian Hospital and then admitted to PKRC Serian for isolation and further treatment.

As for Jelalong cluster, it consists of a longhouse in Tubau, Sebauh.

It said the index case, Case 25,993, is a 75-year-old local woman who was detected during symptomatic screening at Bintulu Hospital.

She was referred to Tubau Health Clinic on Apr 21 and tested positive on Apr 22.

She was also infected within the community and the virus then spread through the longhouse via a funeral ceremony held from Apr 9 to Apr 11.

The SDMC said that of the 198 individuals who were screened, 22 including the index case were found positive, while 176 were negative on their first screening.

All the positive cases were referred to Bintulu Hospital and admitted to PKRC Bintulu for isolation and further treatment.

The committee had announced the end of four clusters in the state, namely, Depot Imigresen Semuja cluster in Serian; Lorong Desa Senadin cluster in Miri; Kampung Baru Hilir cluster in Samarahan; and Jalan Badarudin cluster in Kuching.

The clusters ended after zero cases were reported in the last 28 days.

Thus, the state now has 75 active clusters remaining, of which 12 recorded 54 new cases, while 63 other clusters reported no additional cases.