308 people confirmed Covid-19 positive in Putai Cluster, Masing hopes no illegal workers involved

Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing

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KUCHING, April 27: As of today, 308 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in connection with the Putai Cluster with Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing hoping no illegal workers are involved.

In disclosing this, Masing said the 308 cases were detected from 950 people who have been swabbed for the coronavirus.

“The District of Bukit Mabong, Kapit is badly hit by positive cases of Covid-19, known as the Putai Cluster, where Baleh HEP is now under construction. As of April 27, 2021, out of 950 who were tested, 308 are found to be positive and 577 were negative, and PUI (person-under-investigation) was 65.

“This put the District of Bukit Mabong among (districts with) the highest (number of) Covid-19 positive cases. After months of being classified as green and orange zone, Bukit Mabong district is now red,” said Masing who is also the Baleh assemblyman.

He cautioned that said this may not be the end of the Covid-19 infections at Bukit Mabong as there are still test results pending.

“I was informed that workers are employed by CGGC (China Gezhouba Group Company Limited) and the client is SEB (Sarawak Energy Berhad).

“I hope that those tested positive are legal workers employed by CGGC who is a contractor to SEB.

“If by any chance some of those tested positive, are illegal workers, then both SEB and CGGC, must be made accountable and provide facilities for them to be quarantined on site under Pusat Kuarantine Rawatan Covid-19 (PKRC),” said Masing in a press statement today.

He called on all to abide by the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC)’s Covid-19 standard operating procedures, including Sarawak Energy.

“As I feared at the beginning of this pandemic in 2020, we must safeguard rural areas especially longhouse dwellers.

“Their social culture of getting together is a petri dish for the coronavirus to grow and spread. I urge all GLCs and government departments to carry out their works most stringently and abide by SOPs spelled out by SDMC and KKM (Health Ministry),” said Masing. — DayakDaily