Covid-19: New cluster in Sarawak linked to longhouse funeral in Sri Aman

KUCHING: A new Covid-19 cluster with 82 confirmed cases in Sarawak has been linked to a funeral at a longhouse in Sri Aman, says the state disaster management committee.

The Gran Stumbin cluster involves several longhouses in the Gran Stumbin area in Tanjung Bijat, Sri Aman.

"The cluster resulted from social interactions and close contacts among the residents of Gran Stumbin when attending a funeral at one of the longhouses on June 6.

"A total of 620 individuals have been screened and 82 tested positive. There has been one death from this cluster," the committee said in a statement on Wednesday (June 16).

It said those tested positive had been admitted to the Sarawak General Hospital, Sri Aman Hospital and Sri Aman quarantine and treatment centre for isolation and treatment.

This is the latest cluster linked to funeral gatherings in Sarawak, with 12 reported previously involving 3,725 positive cases and 31 deaths.

The largest was the Pasai cluster in Sibu which resulted in 2,693 cases and 29 deaths.

Besides the Gran Stumbin cluster, the committee said two more new clusters were also detected in the state.

The Jalan Tanjung Kidurong 3 cluster in Bintulu is a workplace cluster involving workers staying in the quarters of a transport agency at Jalan Kidurong.

It has 33 confirmed cases to date out of 102 individuals screened.

Also in Bintulu, the Jalan Bintulu-Tatau cluster was detected at a longhouse with 24 confirmed cases from 151 individuals screened to date.

The committee also said Sarawak's new Covid-19 cases dipped to 570 on Wednesday, after two days of more than 700 cases.

Kuching continued to record the most number of cases with 98, followed by Mukah (92), Sibu (82) and Bintulu (46), while 23 other districts reported between one and 31 cases each.

There were also six fatalities, taking the state's cumulative tally to 57,475 cases with 364 deaths.

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