KUCHING: Two longhouses in Sarawak have been issued compound notices of RM4, 000 each for breaching Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOP) on Gawai eve.
The Sarikei divisional health office issued the compounds to Rumah Lingga at Sungai Selangan in Sarikei and Rumah Thomas Settian at Skim B, Bintangor, for holding the "miring" (ritual offering) ceremony on May 31.
"SOP was not observed during the ceremony," the state disaster management committee said in a statement on Wednesday (June 9).
It also said Sarawak reported 419 new cases and three deaths on Wednesday.
This takes the state's cumulative tally to 53, 000 cases with 330 fatalities.
Kuching district had the most cases with 124 while 26 other districts recorded between one and 89 cases each.
The latest deaths were two men aged 66 and 79 who died at Kapit Hospital, and a 66-year-old woman who died at Sibu Hospital.
The committee also said two new community clusters were identified in Sri Aman and Kuching.
It said the Kampung Hilir Lingga cluster spread through social interaction and visiting during Hari Raya Aidilfitri at Kampung Hilir Lingga, Kampung Masjid Baru Lingga and Taman Pasir Panas in Sri Aman.
"A total of 32 individuals have been screened and 23 tested positive. There has been one death in this cluster," the committee said.
In Kuching, the Kampung Sinar Budi Baru cluster involved three families at Kampung Sinar Budi Baru, with 19 confirmed cases out of 38 individuals screened to date.