35yo Sabahan is index case of new Tanjong Kibong Cluster in Sibu

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By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, May 5: A 35-year-old technician of a shipping company in Tanjong Kibong in Sibu has tested positive for Covid-19 and is the index case of a new Covid-19 cluster known as the Tanjong Kibong Cluster.

According to information in a statement from the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), the Tanjong Kibong Cluster is a workplace cluster which involved a shipping maintenance company in Tanjong Kibong in Sibu.

SDMC said the index case of the cluster was a 35-year-old Sabahan identified through symptomatic screening at a private clinic on April 15 and was referred to Sibu Hospital.

The committee said he was tested positive for Covid-19 on April 16 and the infection was believed to be from the Sibu community.

The committee added that the virus was also detected among housemates and colleagues of the index case.

Following surveillance and active contact tracing to the index case, 31 new positive cases were identified.

At present, a total of 72 individuals connected to the index case have been swabbed whereby 32 were tested positive and the balance of 40 were tested negative for Covid-19.

SDMC said the positive cases have been admitted to Sibu Hospital and low risk quarantine and treatment centres in Sibu for isolation and treatment.

In the meantime, SDMC said there were two new clusters of Covid-19 identified.

They are the Jalan Sawit Cluster in Sarikei and the Tanjong Kibong Cluster in Sibu.

With two additional clusters of Covid-19 detected in Sarawak, there are presently a total of 76 active clusters of Covid-19 in the state.

Out of the 76 active clusters, 19 clusters reported 93 new cases of coronavirus while the balance of 57 clusters did not report new cases.

On another note, SDMC said there were four clusters of Covid-19 ended after zero cases reported in the past 28 days.

They are the Jalan Muhibah Cluster in Betong, Jalan Kampung Hilir Cluster in Sibu, Batu Gong Cluster in Serian and the Taman Vistagro Cluster in Sri Aman. — DayakDaily