Elderly woman infects 21 people from longhouse with Covid-19 through funeral gathering

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KUCHING, May 8: A 75-year-old woman has infected 21 people from a longhouse in Tubau in Sebauh with Covid-19 during a funeral gathering that lasted three days, thus resulted in a newly declared Jelalong Cluster.

This is one of two new Covid-19 clusters announced in Sarawak today. The other cluster is identified as Tebedu Mawang Cluster in Tebedu with 20 cases.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), in its daily update report on Covid-19 situation in Sarawak, revealed that the index case or Case 25,993 was infected from the community and then spread the virus among longhouse residents through a funeral gathering held from April 9 to 10.

The woman was detected from symptomatic screening at Bintulu Hospital after being referred by the Tubau Health Clinic on April 21. She was confirmed positive on April 22.

Further investigation and active case detection (ACD) on family as well as close and casual contacts have found 21 more positive cases.

As of today, SDMC informed that a total of 198 people have been screened, whereby 22 cases including the index case were positive while 176 tested negative for the first screening.

All cases have been referred to the Bintulu Hospital and admitted to the Quarantine and Low-Risk Treatment Centre (PKRC) Bintulu for isolation and treatment.

SDMC also declared the end of four clusters today namely Semuja Immigration Depot Cluster in Serian, Lorong Desa Senadin in Miri, Kampung Baru Hilir in Samarahan and Jalan Badarudin in Kuching after no new local cases were reported in the last 28 days.

With that, the number of active clusters in Sarawak now stood at 75 with 10 clusters registered an increase in daily infections of 49 cases in total.

They are Jalan Limbang (24 cases), Jalan Disa (9 cases), Sungai Ngungun (4 cases), Jalan Selirik, Sungai Duan, Sains Bakam, Jalan Agama and Tanjung Kibong (2 cases each) while Bukit Aman and Duranda Emas one case each. — DayakDaily