Female clerk ignites Emperan Cluster with a whooping 97 Covid-19 cases

Covid-19 ... Clusters cause spike in cases.

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By Nur Ashikin Louis

KUCHING, May 10: A 27-year-old female clerk is the super spreader of the newly announced Emperan Cluster in Selangau after a whooping 97 Covid-19 cases were detected today.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a statement said the cluster involves three longhouses in Selangau District.

The index case who is Covid-19 case 32,502 was detected through screening of symptomatic individuals.

“She first started experiencing symptoms on April 23 and had received initial treatment at Selangau Health Clinic on April 28. She was confirmed positive for the virus on May 4 while being in a hospital ward.

“The index case who is working at a government premises in Pekan Selangau was infected from the community and spread it to family members who had later spread the infection to residents in the three longhouses,” the committee said.

Following an investigation and active case detection (ACD) on all family members and colleagues of the index cases as well as targeted screening in the three longhouses, 96 more cases were detected.

“A total of 436 individuals have been screened whereby 96 people were tested positive for Covid-19 including the index case while 339 individuals were negative.

“All positive cases were referred to Sibu Hospital and admitted to Sibu Low-Risk Treatment Centre (PKRC) for isolation and further treatment,” SDMC added.

There are 78 active clusters in the State at present with 17 of them recording an increase of 150 positive cases. — DayakDaily