Covid-19: Another 295 trainees at Kuching Pulapol test positive

KUCHING: Another 295 trainees at the police training centre (Pulapol) in Jalan Puncak Borneo here have tested positive for Covid-19, says Sarawak police commissioner Comm Datuk Aidi Ismail.

He said to date, 415 trainees at the centre have been infected, along with 20 members of the teaching staff and their families.

As such, Comm Aidi said it was necessary for the enhanced movement control order to be enforced at the centre from Friday (April 16) until April 29.

"I hope that with the enhanced MCO, we can curb further spread and bring the numbers down.

"We want to end the outbreak here as soon as possible," said Comm Aidi after accompanying Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah on a visit to the enhanced MCO operations room at the centre on Friday (April 16).

The Jalan Puncak Borneo cluster at the centre was detected on Tuesday (April 13) after 61 trainees tested positive.

The index case was a trainee who took a swab test at the Kota Sentosa health clinic on April 9 and confirmed to be positive on April 12.

All the positive cases in the cluster are being treated at the centre, where the Health Department has set up a 24-hour health clinic and a Covid-19 assessment centre.

The department also conducted active case detection at the centre from April 12 to 14, involving 633 people.

A second active case detection from April 17 to 19 is expected to involve a further 2,000 people.

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