49yo pre-op patient sparks longhouse Penurin Cluster in Betong with 22 Covid-19 cases

Covid-19 (File photo)

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, May 7: A 49-year-old man who tested positive of Covid-19 following a pre-surgery screening in Kuching has sparked a longhouse Penurin Cluster in Betong.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), in its daily update report on Covid-19 situation in Sarawak, diclosed that further investigations and close contact tracing on the index case led to the detection of 22 more positive cases.

The man identified as Case 31,248 contracted the virus from the community in Betong. His rapid test polymerase chain reaction (rT-PCR) result returned positive on May 1.

As of today, total of 185 individuals were screened, whereby 23 individuals including the index case were positive, 160 cases tested negative and two more samples are awaiting laboratory test results.

SDMC added that all 23 cases were admitted into Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) and Quarantine and Low-Risk Treatment Centre (PKRC) Betong for further treatment and isolation.

The Penurin Cluster in Betong was one out of three new clusters declared in Sarawak today.

The other two clusters which originated from religious gatherings were the Beladin Cluster in Pusa with 46 cases and Jalan Limbang Cluster in Miri with 18 cases.

With two previous clusters namely the Gelong Cluster in Kapit and Jalan Gridbid Cluster in Miri officially ended today, Sarawak is left with 77 active clusters.

Of the 77, 15 clusters reported an increase of 134 new cases while the remaining 62 did not report any cases. — DayakDaily