A total 267 new cases in Sarawak; Three new clusters in Miri, Bintulu

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By John Isaac

SARAWAK recorded a total 267 new Covid-19 cases today, with the cumulative positive cases in the state at 15,443, said the State Disaster Management Committee.

In a statement, the committee stated 49 new cases were reported in Sibu, Bintulu (44), Miri (40), Samarahan (31), Kuching (19), Serian (19), Bukit Mabong (13), Julau (10), Kanowit (8), Kapit (7), Sri Aman (7), Beluru (7), Meradong (3), Sarikei (3), Song (3), Marudi (1), Matu (1), Pakan (1) and Tanjung Manis (1).

Three new Covid-19 clusters, dubbed the Jalan Gridbid Cluster in Miri, Kampung Baru Hilir Cluster in Samarahan and Jalan Tanjung Kidurong Cluster in Bintulu, were declared by the State Health Department today.

The Jalan Gridbid Cluster in Miri is a community cluster, and the index case is a 71-year-old Sarawakian man who was screened for experiencing symptoms on Mar 16 at Miri Hospital, said the SDMC as reported by Borneo Post.

“The index case operates an oil palm plantation at Ulu Teru had fever and cough since March 10. He visited his son in Miri and attended a Miring Ceremony on March 5 at Kampung Pasir in Miri,” said SDMC in a statement today.

“Active Contact Detection (ACD) has yielded 45 new cases. A total of 223 individuals were screened, 153 were found negative and 24 are still waiting for their results.”

All 46 who tested positive were referred to Miri Hospital and admitted into Miri quarantine and low-risk patients treatment centre (PKRC) for isolation and further treatment.

The Kampung Baru Hilir Cluster in Samarahan is also a community cluster, and the index case is 65-year-old Sarawakian man, who was screened for experiencing symptoms on Mar 19 at Sadong Jaya Health Clinic.

“The self-employed man was believed to be infected from the community. He worked as a construction labourer who visited Miri for work between Mar 2-12. He worked with five others from the same village, and all of them tested positive.”

The infection then spread to other individuals at the village via close interactions. This cluster involved three districts, Samarahan, Kuching and Serian.

Further investigation and ACD on family members, close contacts and casual contacts to the index found 72 new cases. A total of 802 individuals were screened, 727 were found negative and two are still waiting for their results.

All 73 who tested positive were referred to Sarawak General Hospital and Serian Hospital, and admitted into Kuching and Serian PKRC for isolation and further treatment.

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