Alarming 25 new cases in Kuching today from four clusters

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KUCHING, Nov 7: Kuching recorded an alarming 25 new Covid-19 cases today with nine cases linked to the Greenhill Cluster, seven cases to Wisma Saberkas Cluster, two cases to Seladah Cluster and one case to Baki Cluster.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said this thus increased the state tally of positive cases to 985.

“The contact tracing for Greenhill Cluster detected nine more cases involving local residents aged between 20 to 68 years old with contact history to positive cases in the cluster for the past 14 days.

“Six cases were detected from the second test in a government health clinic, one from the second test in a private laboratory and one is from the first test at a government health clinic. All of them were asymptomatic,” he informed a press conference on the Covid-19 situation in Sarawak today.

The cases comprised of five women and four men with Case 969 a friend to Case 824, Case 970 a friend to Case 816, Case 971 a maid of Case 818, Case 972 and 981 social contacts to Case 818, Case 974 a friend to Case 823, Case 978 a friend to Case 843, Case 979 had contact with Case 972 and Case 982 the sibling of Case 841.

Uggah, who is also Deputy Chief Minister, revealed that of the seven cases in the Wisma Saberkas Cluster, six were close contacts to positive cases reported while one case was detected from private screening.

“All cases were local residents with four women and three men aged between 17 and 65 years old. Alll were asymptomatic.

“Case 961 and 964 involved the father and a friend of Case 934, Case 962 is the mother of Case 932, Case 965, 966 and 967 are a friend and family members of Case 933, while Case 976 is a frequent visitor to the mall,” he said.

As for Seladah Cluster, Uggah disclosed that the two cases were detected through second screening with Case 968 a family member to Case 711 and Case 977 involved an 8-year-old child of Case 795.
“Both cases had no travel history out of the country or had visited high-risked areas in the country and as such considered as locally transmitted cases,” he added.

The one case detected in Baki Cluster, he continued, involved a local man who was linked to Lundu District.

“He was detected from the second screening on Nov 5. This is considered as Import C (from other districts) case,” he said.

Case 963, he added, was detected after undergoing post-surgery screening at a government health clinic.

She was asymptomatic with no travel history out of the country as well as of visits to any high-risk area. Contact tracing and investigation is being carried out.

Case 975, Uggah explained, involved an Indonesian pilot who was detected after undergoing screening in a private hospital as a procedure to return to his home country.

The case entered Malaysia via Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Oct 12 and had observed mandatory quarantine for 14 days. With two tests negative, the case proceeded to enter Sarawak through Kuching International Airport (KIA) on Oct 26.

“The cause of infection is still being investigated but based on the travel history, the case was probably infected while in Kuching,” he said.

Uggah reported that four cases were detected from private screening following suspicion of contact with positive cases or had visited places with emerging cases.

“Csse 980 is a civil servant with travel history to Sabah on July 31. Case 983 and 984 are senior citizens detected from private screening at private and government health facilities respectively. Case 985 is a local man with close contact to Case 936,” he said.

All the 25 cases are now isolated and treated at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH).

Meanwhile, Kuching remained as a red zone with total 151 local transmission cases recorded within the past 14 days while Lundu, Miri and Limbang maintained as yellow zones.

Six active clusters remained as of today namely Baki Cluster (33 cases with six still receiving treatment), Greenhill Cluster (76 cases with 58 receiving treatment and 74 still waiting for results), Wisma Saberkas Cluster (34 cases with 30 still awaiting results), Seladah Cluster (9 cases with 5 still receiving treatment), Bah Arnab Cluster (12 cases) and Putra Cluster in Bintulu (5 cases).

There were five cases who have recovered and been discharged from SGH. Thus, the total number of recovered cases in Sarawak have been increased to 812 or 82.44 per cent of total positive cases so far.

A total of 154 patients are receiving treatment in hospitals in the state currently with 125 in SGH, 25 in Miri Hospital and two each in Bintulu Hospital and Sibu Hospital.

Sarawak also recorded 47 more persons-under-investigation (PUI) with six cases pending laboratory test results.

There were also 154 more persons-under-surveillance (PUS) registered into identified hotels to undergo quarantine.

As of today, there were a total number of 2,272 individuals undergoing quarantine in 26 hotels throughout the state. — DayakDaily

The statistic of the Covid-19 situation in Sarawak as of Nov 7, 2020.