Covid-19: New Jun Heng Cluster detected in Bintulu shopping malls


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By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Feb 5: New Jun Heng Cluster involving several shopping malls in Bintulu has detected a total of 19 Covid-19 positives as of today.

According to a media statement from the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), half of the 24 new cases in Bintulu recorded in the last 24 hours were traced back to the cluster.

The index case (Case 4,300) of the cluster was a Sarawakian male who was tested positive on Jan 28 through symptomatic testing in one of Bintulu’s private health clinics.

The virus the patient was carrying then infected his family members before spreading further to his colleagues.

As of today, 102 individuals related to the cluster have been screened where 19 were found positive, none were negative and 83 more still awaiting laboratory test results.

Shifting the focus to Sri Aman, a new Sebangkoi Cluster was declared today involving a total of 21 cases.

SDMC said the cluster originated from a family and it soon spread to the community involving many other close contacts and social contacts with the index case (Case 4,400).

The index case was a 59-year-old Sarawakian female who was admitted to the Sri Aman Hospital on Jan 29.

Investigations found that the patient had a history of traveling to Kuching from Jan 3 to 9 to get treatment from one of the skin specialists.

As of Jan 5, a total of 197 individuals have been screened where 21 cases were positive, 80 were negative and 96 samples still waiting for results.

Meanwhile, there are nine other active clusters that do not register any new cases today.

They are the Bintang Daily Cluster, Tabong Cluster, Indah Riang Cluster, Bedayan Cluster, Bukit Sekubong Cluster, Jelita Cluster, Keranji Tabuan Cluster, Bah Sayap Cluster and Stutong Cluster.

Remaining as the biggest cluster in Sarawak, the Pasai Cluster from Sibu had an increase of 65 new cases.

Jalan Pengiran Cluster in Matu reported three new cases and Rakut Cluster in Miri one new case.

With that, there are now 14 active clusters in the state.—DayakDaily