By John Isaac
NEW Covid-19 cases in Sarawak today increased to 405 from yesterday’s 324, along with five deaths, said the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).
The committee in a statement said 267 of the cases or 65.92 per cent were detected in Miri, Sibu, Kuching, Pusa and Bintulu districts, while four of the deaths were in Bintulu and one Mukah.
Miri topped today’s list with 98 new cases, followed by Sibu (54), Kuching (42), Pusa (37), Bintulu (36), Kanowit (24), Kapit (21), Song (17), Sri Aman (11), Pakan (9), Serian (8), Sarikei (8), Subis (7), Saratok (6), Selangau (4), Bau (4), Samarahan (4), Betong (3), Beluru (3), Sebauh (3), Lundu (2), Merdaong (2), Tebedu (1) and Belaga (1).
All in all, Sarawak to date recorded 38,383 cumulative Covid-19 cases and 224 total deaths, said SDMC as reported by Borneo Post.
New cluster declared
A new Covid-19 cluster has also been declared with 19 positive cases detected so far.
Dubbed the Kampung Boyan Cluster, SDMC said this community cluster was identified by the State Health Department today.
“This cluster involves three families at Kampung Boyan.
“A total of 69 individuals have been screened where 19 (including the index case) were found positive and the remaining 50 have tested negative,” the committee said in its Covid-19 daily update.
All positive cases have been referred to Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) and admitted to the quarantine and low-risk patients treatment centre (PKRC) under Kuching district, it added.
The committee also announced the end of two clusters namely the Emperoh Jambu Cluster here and Chupak Cluster in Serian.
The Emperoh Jambu Cluster was declared by the State Health Department on Feb 22 following the detection of positive cases at Kampung Emperoh Jambu in Padawan near here. This cluster, which was linked to a funeral at the village, resulted in 376 positive cases out of the 3,019 individuals that were screened.
The Chupak Cluster is another community cluster which had occurred at Kampung Chupak, Siburan. First identified by the department on March 24, a total of 125 positive cases were linked to this cluster while 226 had tested negative out of the 351 individuals that were screened.
There were no deaths reported from these two clusters.
Meanwhile, SDMC said 81 Covid-19 clusters remain active in the state with 11 clusters recording an increase of 68 new positive cases.
Apart from the newly declared Kampung Boyan Cluster, the clusters are the Jalan Agama Cluster (3), Jalan Limbang Cluster (7), and Jalan Lilin Cluster (1) in Miri; Jalan Stadium Negeri Cluster (3) in Kuching; Beladin Cluster in Pusa (37); Jalan Selirik Cluster (1) in Kapit; Melugu Cluster (7) in Sri Aman; Emperan Cluster (2) in Selangau; Bungey Cluster (2) in Betong; and Tebedu Mawang Cluster (1) in Tebedu.
There are also 70 clusters which remain active with no new cases recorded.
EMCO at two more longhouses
The SDMC also declared the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) for two more longhouses after Covid-19 close contacts were detected there.
The affected longhouses are Rh Entingi Nanga Ingu Kabo Krian and Rh Engkabi Tingkat Seblak, Roban, both in Saratok District, to undergo EMCO from today until May 29.
At the same time, SDMC also ended the EMCO for four longhouses.
These longhouses are Rh Luni Jugah; Rh Manna Mulok; and Rh Nelson Chuat Galong in Mukah; and Rh Mut, Nangga Maong, Sungai Mujok in Julau.
On another note, SDMC said the police have issued 21 compounds for standard operating procedure (SOP) violations statewide over the past 24 hours.
It said 10 were issued in Serian, four in Kuching, three in Mukah, three in Bintulu and one in Padawan.
SDMC stated that 10 of the compounds were issued to individuals involved in a cock-fighting activity, four for not observing social distancing, three for not wearing face masks, two for loitering outside after 10pm, one for violating Bintulu’s additional SOP which was going fishing, and one for not updating a customer check-in log book.