The Borneo Post (Sabah)

New workplace cluster detected in Bintulu


KUCHING: One new Covid-19 cluster, a workplace cluster, dubbed the Jalan Sultan Iskandar Cluster in Bintulu was declared by the State Health Department yesterday.

According to Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, the cluster involves civil servants working at a government building located at Jalan Sultan Iskandar there.

“The index case is a Sarawakian man who was screened after experienci­ng symptoms on April 6 at Bintulu Health Clinic.

“He carried out many field work around Bintulu town and Sebauh district, and could have gotten infected from the community while working,” he said at the daily Covid19 press conference here.

The deputy chief minister said Covid-19 screening on the man’s family members, colleagues and casual contacts revealed additional 25 cases.

A total of 440 people were screened involving this cluster, with 358 negative and 56 still waiting for their results, he added.

“All those who tested positive were referred to Bintulu Hospital and admitted to the Bintulu quarantine and low-risk patients treatment centre (PKRC) for isolation and further treatment.”

At the same time, Uggah declared the end of the Bukit Tunggal Cluster in Julau after no cases were reported from it in the past 28 days.

Meanwhile, the state has 49 active clusters, with nine reporting increase in cases.

The clusters that reported new cases were the Abak Bon Cluster in Subis (77), Sungai Kawi Cluster in Meradong (24), Batu Gong Cluster in Serian (7), Jalan Baji Cluster in Sarikei (4), Chupak Cluster in Serian (3), Bulatan Aman Cluster in Sibu (3), Jalan Puncak Borneo Cluster in Kuching (3), Disso Cluster in Saratok (1) and Jalan Sultan Iskandar Cluster in Bintulu (1).

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