Two new clusters in Sarawak linked to funeral, school

KUCHING: Two new Covid-19 clusters were detected in Sarawak on Monday (Feb 22).

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said the Emperoh Jambu cluster was linked to a funeral at Kampung Emperoh Jambu in Padawan here from Feb 3 to 5 and had 60 confirmed cases to date.

The village will be placed under an enhanced movement control order for 14 days from Feb 23 to March 8.

"The index case is a 45-year-old man who tested positive on Feb 16 while undergoing screening before starting work.

"He is believed to have infected his family members, who likely spread it to other contacts when attending the funeral of the index case's wife," he said at the state disaster management committee's briefing here on Monday (Feb 22).

As of noon Monday, 337 individuals linked to the cluster have been screened, of whom 40 tested negative and 237 were awaiting results.

Uggah said another new cluster detected in the state stemmed from a student at SMK Meradong near Sungai Bakong in Meradong.

The student, who was staying in the school's hostel, tested positive on Feb 15 after developing symptoms.

Active detection at the hostel yielded 21 more positive cases in the Sungai Bakong cluster, while 37 were negative and 534 are awaiting results.

"Teachers, staff and boarding students of SMK Meradong who were exposed have been instructed to undergo quarantine," Uggah said.

He also said Sarawak reported 221 new cases and one death on Monday (Feb 22), taking the state's death toll to 74.

The latest fatality was a 58-year-old man who died at Sibu Hospital on Feb 20.

Of the new cases, Kuching reported the highest number with 67, followed by Sibu (63), Bintulu (28), Meradong (24), Kapit (15), Samarahan (11), Miri (five), Bau (three), Subis (two) and Beluru, Betong and Kanowit (one each).

Sarawak's tally of confirmed cases now stands at 8,164.

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