7 of 16 new Covid-19 cases in Sarawak linked to Greenhill Cluster

The statistic of the Covid-19 situation in Sarawak as of Oct 30, 2020.

KUCHING, Oct 30: Seven of the 16 new Covid-19 cases recorded in Sarawak today were linked to the Greenhill Cluster with five cases in Kuching and two in Miri.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), in a statement today, informed that of the remaining nine cases, one case linked to Baki Cluster and one locally transmitted case was reported in Kuching; while Miri reported two cases involving healthcare staff, two cases detected from Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) screening and one imported case; Limbang has one case involving a front liner and Lundu has one locally transmitted case.

The state tally of positive cases now stands at 872.

With cases recorded today in Lundu, Miri and Limbang, these districts have reverted back to yellow zone while Kuching remained as a red zone with total 84 local transmission cases recorded within the past 14 days.

For the Greenhill Cluster, three cases involved workers of a premise which was visited by a positive case, while two cases were social contact to a case. All five cases were screened on Oct 28 and 29.

As for the Baki Cluster, the case was a close contact to a case who had undergone screening on Oct 28.

Another case involved a local woman entrepreneur in Kuching who went for screening at a private healthcare facility on Oct 28 following fever and cough since Oct 26. She has no travel history to high-risked areas or come into contact with any positive case. Investigation is being carried out to determine the cause of infection.

In Miri, two cases linked to the Greenhill Cluster were close contacts to Case 834. Both had travel history to Kuching on Oct 23 to 25. While here, they met up with several positive cases reported in this cluster.

Both cases had undergone screening at a government healthcare facility in Miri and the results were positive on Oct 29. These two were categorised as Import C as they were infected outside of the district.

In addition, two healthcare workers from a government healthcare facility in Miri were detected through
healthcare workers screening activity. They had no travel history to high-risked areas or come into contact with positive cases. Investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of infection.

Two other cases, aged between 47 and 77 years old, detected from SARI screening had no travel history to high-risked areas or came into contact with positive cases. The cause of infection is pending investigation.

Meanwhile, the imported case involved a homemaker who had travelled to Labuan. Upon her arrival in Miri Airport on Oct 10, she observed a 14-day quarantine which ended on Oct 23. The two initial test results were negative.

However, on Oct 27, she started to show symptoms and was admitted to the hospital where her third test result returned positive on Oct 29.

The case in Limbang involved a front liner who had contact with Case 755 detected on Oct 14. The case had undergone quarantine at a centre in Limbang with the first test negative but the second test returned positive on Oct 29. The case was asymptomatic and is now isolated and treated in Miri Hospital.

The case in Lundu involved a local cleaner at a homestay in Telok Melano, where a case from Baki Cluster had stayed on Oct 4 and 5. The case was asymptomatic and detected positive on first screening. Investigation and contact tracing is currently being carried out.

Meanwhile, five active clusters remained as of today (Oct 30) are Bah Arnab Cluster in Kuching where all 12 cases had recovered, Putra Cluster in Bintulu (all five cases recovered), Baki Cluster in Kuching (30 cases including two new cases still being treated), Seladah Cluster in Kuching (seven cases still being treated) and Greenhill Cluster in Kuching (36 cases including seven new cases still being treated).

There were five discharges from Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) today and this brings the total number of recovered cases in Sarawak to 748 or 85.78 per cent of total positive cases thus far.

A total of 104 patients are still receiving treatment in hospitals in the state with 90 in SGH, 11 in Miri Hospital, two in Sibu Hospital and one in Bintulu Hospital.

Sarawak also recorded 24 more persons-under-investigation (PUI) with five cases pending laboratory test results.

There were also 239 more persons-under-surveillance (PUS) registered into identified hotels to undergo quarantine.

As of today, there were a total number of 2,330 individuals undergoing quarantine in 24 hotels throughout the state. — DayakDaily