Three new clusters in Sarawak

KUCHING: The State Health Department today (June 12) declared three new clusters,  namely the Kampung Sebandi Hilir cluster in Lundu, the Melatai cluster in Kapit andthe Kampung Tabuan Haji Drahman cluster in Kuching.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), in a statement today, said the Kampung Sebandi Hilir cluster was a community cluster involving the village of Kampung Sebandi Hilir in the Lundu district.

“It stemmed from a ‘miring’ ceremonial gathering on May 31 in conjunction with the pre-Gawai celebration.

“Of the 34 individuals who were screened, nine   including the index case tested positive while 25   were negative,” it said.

The SDMC said the positive cases were admitted to the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) and the Quarantine and Low-Risk Treatment Centre (PKRC) in the Kuching district for isolation and further treatment.

As for the Melatai cluster, the committee said this was a community cluster involving a settlement in the Melatai area, Jalan Selirik, Kapit.

It said the cluster resulted from social movements and visiting activities during the Gawai celebration.

“Of the 139 individuals who were screened,  45  including the index case tested positive, 23 tested negative while 71 are still awaiting laboratory test results,” it said, adding that the  positive cases were admitted to the Kapit Hospital and the PKRC in the Kapit district.

Elaborating on the Kampung Tabuan Haji Drahman cluster, the SDMC said this was also a community cluster which involved a settlement, namely Kampung Tabuan Haji Drahman in the Kuching district.

“The cluster stemmed from family contacts and social movements among residents in that locality,” it said.

The committee said of the 62 people who were screened, 33 including the index case tested positive while 29 tested negative.

“All the positive Covid-19 cases were admitted to the SGH and the PKRC in the Kuching district for the purpose of isolation and further treatment,” it added.

The State Health Department also declared the end of a cluster – the Penurin cluster in Betong — as no new cases involving this cluster had been detected or reported in the last 28 days.

With that, SDMC said there were 82 active clusters remaining in the state, of which 10 recorded a total of 45 additional new cases on Saturday.