Stutong Cluster ends, two new clusters emerge

Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

KUCHING: Stutong Cluster here officially ended on Monday (Feb 22) after no new positive Covid-19 cases was reported in the last 28 days.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said as of 12pm Monday, a total of 570 individuals were screened in connection to the cluster.

“Of the total, 41 were positive and 529 others were negative.

“All 41 cases have recovered and were discharged. No death was reported in this cluster,” he said in a daily Covid-19 update press conference on Monday (Feb 22).

However, Sarawak recorded two new clusters, namely Emperoh Jambu Cluster in Kuching and Sungai Bakong Cluster in Meradong.

“The Emperoh Jambu Cluster involving Kuching, Samarahan and Serian districts is a community cluster detected in Kampung Emperoh Jambu in Padawan.

“The index case is Case 7,095 involving a 45-year-old man who was detected prior to reporting for duty on Feb 16.

“He had infected his family members and it is possible that he had also infected other contacts during a funeral of a member of his wife’s family from Feb 3 to 5,” said Uggah.

As of Feb 22, 337 individuals had been screened, with 60 positive for Covid-19 including the index case, 40 negative and 237 still awaiting laboratory results.

The village is set to undergo enhanced movement control order (EMCO) from Feb 23 to March 8.

Meanwhile, Sungai Bakong Cluster is also a community cluster involving a student who lives in Murni hostel at SMK Meradong.

The index case for this cluster is Case 7,435 that has been detected through symptomatic screening on Feb 15 after developing symptoms since Feb 12.

As of Feb 22, 593 individuals had been screened with 22 positive, 37 negative and 534 still awaiting laboratory results.

“All teachers, staff and hostel students of the school who have been exposed have also been instructed to undergo quarantine and limited movement control within the school compound only,” he added.

With the two additional clusters, there are 25 active clusters in the state at present namely, Jan Yong and Gelong in Kapit; Geronggang, Mas Merah and Pasai in Sibu with an addition of a sub cluster called Tangap in Subis; Univista in Samarahan; Kampung Sungai Maong, Indah Riang, Jalan Green and Emperoh Jambu in Kuching; Kidurong Dua and Jun Heng in Bintulu; Nanga Lijan in Julau; Seruas in Beluru; Sebangkoi and Kejatau in Sri Aman; Bintang Daily and Sungai Bakong in Meradong; Jalan Pengiran in Matu; Tabong in Bau; Bedayan in Serian; Rakut, Jelita and Bah Sayap in Miri; and Bukit Sekubong in Sebauh.

Uggah also announced that the Meradong District has changed status to orange after reporting 31 cases of local infection in the last 14 days.

Song also turned orange after reporting 35 cases of local infection in the last 14 days.

Meanwhile, Kuching, Samarahan, Julau, Subis, Kapit, Bintulu, Kanowit, Miri and Sibu districts remain in red with a total of 2,107 cases of local infection reported in the last 14 days.

In orange were Bukit Mabong, Beluru, Dalat, and Sri Aman districts with 114 total cases of local infection reported in the same period.

The districts of Sarikei, Lundu, Bau, Matu, Selangau, Betong, Saratok, Sebauh, Tatau, Pakan, Serian and Belaga retained their yellow status with a total of 65 local infections reported in the last 14 days.

Thirteen other districts are green.