159 children among 954 turn up for swab test at Kampung Opar, Bau

Villagers of Kampung Opar, Bau showing cooperation in turning up for swab test during ACD activity today (Aug 28, 2021).

By Nur Ashikin Louis

BAU, Aug 28: Some 159 children, aged 12 and below, were among 954 villagers in Kampung Opar, Bau who turned up to undergo Covid-19 swab test in an active case detection (ACD) activity today.

According to a report by Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas), 497 out of the total attendees were male while 457 were female.

“Meanwhile, the breakdown by age category of the individuals involved are those aged 12 and below with 159 people, 13 to 17 years old (90), 18 to 59 years old (534) and the rest are aged 60 years and above (171).

“Ministry of Health (MOH) staff also detected 115 individuals who had close contact to positive cases and 203 individuals who were showing symptoms,” it said.

Ukas reported that the swab test also involved an individual who had received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccination and 707 individuals who had completed two doses.

“In addition, six individuals have not received Covid-19 vaccines, while 240 people were those not eligible to be vaccinated against Covid-19,” it added.

A total of 828 samples were obtained from the ACD conducted by a total of 42 health workers from Bau District Health Office and five others from Kuching laboratory unit.

Other agencies which also assisted in carrying out the ACD included four personnel from Malaysian Civil Defense Force (APM) and six members of Kampung Opar Development and Security Committee (JKKK).

The ACD which was facilitated by Bau District Health Office, started from 8am to 12pm at St Joseph’s Church of Kampung Opar.

This came following detection of positive cases among villagers which sparked a community cluster dubbed the Opar Cluster on Aug 25 and led to the implementation of Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) in the village from Aug 27 to Sept 9.

Putting the ACD aside, Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a statement today informed that there are 75 confirmed cases linked to the cluster so far. — DayakDaily