New Covid-19 cluster from man who received guests in longhouse during Christmas

By Chew Lip Song

FOUR women who visited a man undergoing Covid-19 home quarantine at his longhouse in Meradong over Christmas have tested positive for the virus.

They are now classified as cases under the new Mador cluster, the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said in a statement today.

The four, who are colleagues include the sister of the index case. He arrived in Sibu from KL on Dec 19. He had earlier tested negative for Covid-19 in Kuala Lumpur.

The man only tested positive for Covid-19 on Dec 29.

“The four of them visited the index case and stayed in his house between Dec 24 and 26.

“One of them started coughing on Dec 31 while the rest did not show any symptoms. They have been sent to Sibu Hospital for further treatment,” the SDMC added.

The four are among the five new cases reported in Sarawak today. The fifth case involved a boy, five, who flew to Bintulu from KLIA last Thursday.

The boy from Kedah entered Sarawak as his father was about to start work in a plantation in Bintulu.

The boy was screened upon arrival in Bintulu  and was undergoing the 14-day quarantine and started developing fever yesterday. He is now being treated in Bintulu Hospital.

This brings the total number of cases in Sarawak to 1,130 cases.

The SDMC also announced that Sibu is now a Covid-19 green district after no new cases were reported there over the past 14 days.

Meanwhile, Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah announced that 2,295 new Covid-19 cases were reported nationwide today, with the tally now at 117,373 cases.

There were also nine new deaths reported, with the nationwide death toll at 483 now.

He also reported that 3,321 patients were discharged today, the highest daily number ever.

Of the new cases, most of them were from Selangor (638), followed by Johor (580) and Penang (288).

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