Jalan Kiba and Jalan Awang Clusters identified in Sibu

By John Isaac

TWO new Covid-19 clusters have been identified in Sibu, dubbed the Jalan Kiba Cluster and Jalan Awang Cluster, which have 33 and 42 cases respectively today, said the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).

The Kiba Cluster was a community cluster originated from a longhouse at Ulu Durin Kiba, and the index case was a 53 year old local woman who was detected from a screening on Feb 27.

“She started showing symptoms on Feb 24, and contact tracing and screening yielded 32 additional positive cases. A total of 92 people were screened, 56 were found negative and three are still waiting for their results,” said SDMC in a statement today.

The Jalan Awang Cluster was detected among inmates of Sibu Prison located at Jalan Awang.

According to Borneo Post, the clusters were detected via active case detection which was carried out on March 4 by the Sibu District Health Office.

Based on the screening result, 41 male inmates and one female inmate tested positive out of 43 inmates screened, and one tested negative.

Kampung Tringgus under EMCO

Meanwhile, Kampung Tringgus in Bau will be placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) starting 12.01am tomorrow (March 8) until 11.59am on March 21.

“The decision to implement the EMCO was reached due to the increasing positive cases in the village,” it said.

It however did not reveal the number of cases already recorded at Kampung Tringgus.

But according to SDMC’s Covid-19 update, there were 18 new cases recorded today in Bau district of which all were detected through the active case detection (ACD).

On another matter, SDMC also advised the public and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) not to send food contributions directly to EMCO areas for the sake of their own safety.

It said anyone who wishes to contribute food donations to EMCO areas, to first contact the Divisional Disaster Management Committee at the respective Resident Offices to make arrangements.

“Do not send the food to EMCO areas because such areas are very risky (in getting infected with Covid-19) and may disrupt the operations there,” it added.

Meanwhile, Sarawak recorded 201 new Covid-19 cases today, bringing the total number of positive cases in the state to 11,096 cases,