62-year-old woman in Sri Aman tests positive for Covid-19, infects 14 in 2 longhouses in Sebujok

Covid-19 ... Clusters cause spike in cases.

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By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, May 2: A 62-year-old elderly woman in Sri Aman has tested positive for Covid-19 and has spread the infection to 14 others in two longhouses which formed a new cluster of Covid-19 known as the Sebujok Cluster.

According to reports from the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), the Sebujok Cluster is a community cluster which involves two longhouses in Sebujok and Kaong Ili Skrang, Engkeilili, Sri Aman.

SDMC said the index case of the cluster was case 26,750 who is a 62-year-old local woman identified through symptomatic screening at Betong Hospital on April 23.

Following investigation and active case detection involving family members and social contacts in two longhouses, an additional 14 Covid-19 positive cases were identified linked to the cluster.

At present, a total of 163 individuals related to the cluster have been screened for Covid-19.

Out of that, 15 positive cases have been confirmed including the index case, 21 tested negative and 127 individuals are still awaiting the results of their Covid-19 swab test.

SDMC said three confirmed cases have been referred to Sarawak General Hospital and 12 positive cases have been referred to Covid-19 quarantine and low risk treatment centre in Sri Aman and Betong.

The committee added close contacts to Covid-19 positive cases have also been admitted to quarantine centres for isolation and second round of swab test as well as to prevent the transmission of Covid-19 in the community.

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

They are the Sebujok Cluster in Sri Aman, Sungai Sebemban Cluster in Bintulu and the Sungai Tengah Cluster in Bau.

With the addition of three new clusters of Covid-19 in Sarawak, there are currently 78 active clusters of coronavirus in the state.

Out of the 78 active clusters, 19 clusters reported 219 new cases while 59 clusters did not report new cases. — DayakDaily