Covid-19: New cluster detected at Penan village, 58 cases reported

KUCHING: A new Covid-19 cluster has been detected at the Penan village of Long Kevok in Sarawak's Telang Usan district.

The state disaster management committee said the Kevok cluster currently has 58 cases out of 280 individuals screened, while 14 tested negative and 208 were waiting for results.

"All the cases have been admitted to Miri Hospital and the quarantine and treatment centre in Miri for isolation and treatment," the committee said in a statement on Monday (June 21).

It added that the village was currently under the enhanced movement control order.

Earlier Monday, Miri divisional disaster management committee minister in charge Datuk Lee Kim Shin said Long Kevok was placed in lockdown

for two weeks starting today, after 40 villagers tested positive in the last few days.

"The Health Ministry is aware of the situation and they are currently on site to carry out swab tests in the area," he was reported saying by Borneo Post Online.

Besides the Kevok cluster, two more new clusters were identified in Sarawak today.

The Quadruplex Lapan Enam cluster was detected at several flats in the Permyjaya residential area in Miri with 20 cases to date from 61 individuals screened.

In Tatau, the Jalan Baru Tatau-Bintulu cluster involved workers' quarters which had been placed under the enhanced MCO.

It currently has 22 cases out of 66 individuals screened.

The committee also said Sarawak reported 682 new cases and two fatalities on Monday, taking the state's cumulative tally to 60,482 with 382 deaths.

Kapit district had the most cases with 121, followed by Kuching (83), Sibu (75), Bintulu (69) and Telang Usan (68), while another 22 districts recorded between one and 48 cases each.

The latest deaths were an 85-year-old woman who died at Bintulu Hospital and a 78-year-old man who died at Sibu Hospital.

Both had no comorbidities, the committee said.

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