61 cases recorded in Covid-19 outbreak at Pulapol, trainer identified as index case

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KUCHING, April 13: A Covid-19 outbreak has been declared at the Police Training Centre (Pulapol) at Jalan Puncak Borneo with 61 cases recorded, thus sparking a workplace cluster dubbed Jalan Puncak Borneo in Kuching.

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), in its daily update on the Covid-19 situation in Sarawak, revealed that infections have spread among the trainees at the Police Training Centre after the index case or Case 19,697 who is a trainer tested positive following symptomatic screening at Kota Sentosa Health Clinic on April 9.

The index case started to show symptoms of fever on April 8 and was confirmed positive on April 12.

The trainer from Perlis arrived in Sarawak on Nov 22, 2020 and had undergone mandatory quarantine upon arrival at the training centre.

SDMC disclosed that infections stemmed from activities involving close mingling and lack of physical distancing among trainees who stayed in platoons and company dormitories en masse.

Further investigations and screenings on close contacts and fellow trainees to the index case have revealed 60 more cases as of today.

A total of 111 individuals have been screened whereby 50 tested negative in the first screening with no results pending.

All positive cases involving this cluster have been referred to Sarawak General Hospital and are in isolation at the Quarantine and Low-Risk Treatment Centre (PKRC) Kuching.

With this new cluster, Sarawak now has 48 active clusters, out of which 11 clusters reported new cases today.

The other clusters with new cases comprise Bulatan Aman Cluster (11 cases), Jalan Maju Cluster (2 cases), Jalan Bambangan (47 cases), Jalan Bangunan Kerajaan (4 cases), Sungai Kawi Cluster (17 cases), Disso Cluster (22 cases), Jalan Badarudin Cluster (2 cases), Jalan Baji Cluster (3 cases), Abok Bon Cluster (4 cases), and Kampung Binyu Cluster (1 case).

Meanwhile, Sarawak shattered its daily case record with a record high today of 607 Covid-19 cases and four fatalities.

Bintulu topped the list of districts with the most new infections with 130 cases followed by Kuching and Sibu (106 cases each), Mukah (52), Miri (49), Kapit (33), Meradong (29), Saratok (23), Samarahan and Sarikei (14 cases each), Betong, Bukit Mabong, Selangau and Subis (8 cases each), Dalat (5), Kanowit and Matu (3 cases each), Julau, Serian and Sri Aman (2 cases each) while Asajaya and Beluru reported one case each. — DayakDaily