Covid-19: Village in Lundu placed under EMCO from Saturday (Feb 6) as S'wak reports 178 new cases

KUCHING: Kampung Sebako in the Lundu district will be placed under an enhanced movement control order from Saturday (Feb 6), says the Sarawak disaster management committee.

It said the decision was made in view of the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in Lundu.

"The enhanced MCO will be enforced from 12.01am on Feb 6 to 11.59pm on Feb 19," it said in a statement Friday (Feb 5).

Lundu has reported 31 locally transmitted cases in the last 14 days, making it one of the orange zones in the state.

The committee also said the enhanced MCO at Kampung Sungai Ud and Kampung Sungai Ud Hilir in Dalat will be extended until Feb 16.

Both villages were earlier placed under the enhanced MCO from Jan 27 to Feb 9.

Dalat is currently a red zone with 136 locally transmitted cases in the last 14 days.

Meanwhile, Sarawak reported four more deaths and 178 new cases on Friday (Feb 5), taking the state's tally of confirmed cases to 5,272 and the fatalities to 48.

The committee said all four fatalities occurred in Sibu Hospital on Feb 3 and 4 and were all men aged between 60 and 95.

Of the new cases, Sibu continued to record the highest number of cases with 67, followed by Bintulu (24), Dalat (23), Kanowit (21) and Kapit (10).

Other districts with new cases were Miri (six), Song and Samarahan (five each); Kuching and Matu (three each); Selangau, Sebauh and Beluru (two each); and Sarikei, Bau, Subis, Julau and Lawas with one each.

The committee also said two new clusters had been identified in the state, the Sebangkoi cluster in Sri Aman and Jun Heng cluster in Bintulu.

It said the Sebangkoi cluster spread from a family into the community through close and casual contacts of the index case, who was screened on Jan 29 after experiencing symptoms.

"Following active case detection of family members and close contacts, 20 more positive cases have been recorded.

"As of Feb 5,197 individuals had been screened, with 21 positive cases including the index case, while 80 tested negative and 96 are awaiting results," the committee said.

It said the Jun Heng cluster involved several shopping areas in Bintulu and currently had 19 positive cases, including the index case.

"The index case tested positive on Jan 28 after being screened at a private hospital.

"He infected his family members who then spread it to their workplaces," the committee said, adding that 14 clusters were still active in Sarawak.

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