12 active Covid-19 clusters detected in Miri, over 600 cases so far in past fortnight

Datuk Lee Kim Shin

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MIRI, May 4: Miri Division has 12 active clusters currently, out of which six were linked to workplaces, three to education institutions and three to social activities.

Minister-in-charge of Miri Division Disaster Management Committee (Miri DDMC) Datuk Lee Kim Shin revealed that the Sains Bakam Cluster declared on April 29, Jalan Agama Cluster and Air Padang Cluster on April 30 as well as Long Jegan Cluster on May 1 were the latest clusters detected last week.

“The Sains Bakam Cluster and Long Jegan Cluster are clusters involving education institutions under the Ministry of Education (MOH) are located at Jalan Bakam Miri and Long Jegan in Beluru respectively, while the Jalan Agama Cluster involved a tahfiz education institution at Jalan Agama, Miri.

“The Air Padang Cluster is a cluster involving a workplace identified at a State government agency located at Jalan Padang here,” he said after chairing the Miri DDMC Meeting through Zoom yesterday (May 3).

Meanwhile, Miri registered the highest number of daily Covid-19 infections yesterday with 80 of the 356 cases reported in Sarawak while the Jalan Agama Cluster picked up two more cases and Sains Bakam Cluster added three more cases with two detected in Subis.

Miri which is currently a red zone which has recorded 600 local Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks.

Lee, who is also Minister of Transport, also reported that up until May 2, the Miri City Council (MCC) has inspected 648 premises in Miri District comprising 28 supermarkets, 531 eating premises, 36 hawkers, 40 business premises and 13 hawker centres.

He added that a total of nine compounds have been issued between April 26 and May 2, out of which three compounds were issued under the Protection of Public Health Ordinance (PPHO), 1999 while two were under Public Health Section of MCC.

“One compound was issued to a hair salon and three compounds were issued to eateries for violations of the standard operating procedures (SOP) under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO),” he explained.

He added that six police stations in Miri have received 7,688 applications for inter-state travel permits between April 25 and May 1, out of which 528 applications were rejected and 7,610 were approved.

“Meanwhile, for roadblocks, a total of 11,076 vehicles have been inspected and 214 vehicles have been ordered to turn back and 10 traffic summons have been issued for various offences,” he said. — DayakDaily