Covid-19 – Outbreak of new cluster, Bintulu reverts to green zone


By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, Oct 24: Sarawak reported a new Covid-19 outbreak today tagged as the Baki cluster.

Meanwhile, the Bintulu district has reverted to a green zone status from its previous yellow zone as no new Covid-19 cases had re-emerged in the district, the last four days.

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a press statement today said the State Health Department has identified a new cluster of Covid-19 called the Baki Cluster in Kuching.

The committee said the index case for the cluster was case 768 who was tested positive on October 18.

It noted that a total of 68 close contacts have been screened and one close contact which was case 770 was found to be positive on October 22 and three other close contacts, cases 774, 775 and 776 were identified today.

As such, SDMC said a total of five patients were from the Baki Cluster, including the index case.

The committee said the Baki Cluster was under control as it involved close family contacts.

Nonetheless, SDMC said the State Health Department is conducting active case detection for the cluster from tomorrow and urged those who have been contacted by the Ministry of Health to lend their cooperation.

With the additional cluster formed, SDMC said there were a total of three active clusters of Covid-19 in the state.

They are the “Bah Arnab” Cluster in Kuching, the Putra Cluster in Bintulu and the Baki Cluster in Kuching.

At the same time, the committee said Kuching remains the only district in Sarawak classified under the yellow zone.

It noted the other 39 districts throughout Sarawak remain as a green zone. —DayakDaily