Three new clusters declared

KUCHING: The State Health Department has declared three new clusters from the Sri Aman and Bintulu divisions.

A community cluster, Gran Stumbin Cluster, in Sri Aman involved a longhouse in Gran Stumbin in Tanjung Bijat.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), today (June 16), said the cluster was caused by social activities and close contacts among residents in the area.

“Further investigation found that there was a funeral ceremony at the longhouse on June 6,” it said.

It added that out of 620 individuals, 82 including the index case tested positive for Covid-19, while 124 were negative and another 414 are still waiting for their results.

All positive cases have been admitted to Sarawak General Hospital, Sri Aman Hospital and Covid-19 Quarantine and Low-Risk Treatment Centre (PKRC) in Sri Aman for isolation and treatment.

“There has been one death involving this cluster,” said SDMC.

In Bintulu, the Jalan Tanjung Kidurong 3 Cluster is a workplace cluster involving workers living in quarters of a transport agency at Jalan Kidurong.

The committee said the cluster was caused by social activities and close contacts among the workers.

“A total of 102 individuals have been tested for Covid-19. Out of the total number, 33 including the index case tested positive and 69 are still waiting for their results.

All positive cases have been admitted to Bintulu Hospital and PKRC in Bintulu for isolation and treatment. This locality was also placed under the enhanced movement control order (EMCO),” it added.

Another community cluster in Bintulu — the Jalan Bintulu-Tatau Cluster —involved a longhouse at Jalan Bintulu-Tatau.

“The cluster was caused by social activities and close contacts among its residents. A total of 151 individuals have been tested, and out of the total number, 24 tested positive for Covid-19 including the index case.

“Apart from that, the other 82 tested negative and the remaining 45 are still waiting for their results,” said SDMC.

The 24 positive cases were admitted to Bintulu Hospital and PKRC in Bintulu. This locality has also been place under EMCO.

Today (June 16), the State Health Department has declared the end of the Rayang Cluster in Serian as there were no new cases recorded in the past 28 days.

The state currently has 88 active clusters, with 10 of them having recorded 40 additional cases while 78 others recorded no new additional ones.

On another note, Marudi district had returned to orange status after recording 38 infection cases in the past 14 days, bringing the total number of districts with red zone status to 29.

Matu district also changed its status from yellow to orange after recording 30 infection cases in the past 14 days. This brings the total number of districts with orange zone status to four.

Meanwhile, the state has seven yellow zones and no green zones.