37 Covid-19 cases detected in Pasai Siong, Sibu

Sibu's iconic landmark — the swan statue by the Rajang River.

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Jan 9: As many as 37 new Covid-19 cases have been detected at the Langi Longhouse, Pasai Siong in Sibu.

This was announced by Divisional Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) in Sibu earlier today, adding that all these cases were found resulted from close contact screening of Case 1,175 (index case) reported on Jan 7.

The index case was a local woman who returned from Johor to Kuching through Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

From Johor to Kuala Lumpur, she took a Firefly flight with the number FYI1335 on Dec 29, and from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching, she was on a Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight with number MH2536.

As soon as she arrived at Kuching International Airport (KIA) where she was tested, her result was negative. Later when she arrived in Sibu on an Air Asia flight (AK6466), she was sent back to her longhouse to serve a 14-day home quarantine.

There, she attended her father’s funeral between Dec 29 to 31. The day she was found positive of Covid-19 on Jan 7, 74 individuals who were at Langi longhouse, Pasai Siong were swabbed and 37 were found positive yesterday (Jan 8) at 10.30pm.

Late last night, police have set up roadblocks around the longhouse to stop any individuals from leaving or entering the area.

Sibu DDMC also said that between Jan 9 and 10, Sarawak Health Department will be expanding the screening to the neighbouring longhouses.— DayakDaily