Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

KUCHING: A new Covid-19 cluster has been detected in Sarawak and it is called Stutong Market Cluster.

According to Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a statement on Saturday (July 18), the two positive cases were detected as a result of the initial screening of 56 traders at the market.

The cases did not show any sign and/or symptom of the disease and they are considered as local transmissions because those affected did not have any history of travelling overseas.

SDMC said the Sarawak Health Department would do a follow-up by screening a total of 200 people at the market.

Further investigation is ongoing and close contact tracing is being carried out.

Kuching City South Council (MBKS) mayor Datuk Wee Hong Seng when contacted also confirmed that the market would be temporarily closed until further notice.

SDMC reported that to date there have been no new recoveries and patients discharged from hospital.

The total number of recoveries and discharged patients remained at 554 or 92.18 of the total cases.

A total of 29 people are still being treated at the hospital isolation ward.

On the number of persons under surveilance (PUS), 52 were brought to the designated quarantine centres bringing the total in eight hotels to 426 people, while 18,858 PUS have completed their quarantine.

The Covid-19 death toll in Sarawak remained at 18 or three percent of the total cases.