Funeral ceremony at Gran Stumbin, Sri Aman leaves 82 infected with Covid-19 and one death

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

KUCHING, June 16: Another funeral ceremony participated by people from a few longhouses at the Gran Stumbin settlement near Sri Aman has left 82 people infected with Covid-19 and one fatality, thus sparking the Gran Stumbin Cluster.

This was one of three new Covid-19 clusters declared in Sarawak today with the other two identified in Bintulu dubbed Jalan Tanjung Kidurong 3 Cluster which was linked to a transportation agency company’s workers quarters with 33 positive cases, and Jalan Bintulu-Tatau Cluster linked to a longhouse with 24 cases.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), in its daily updates on Covid-19 situation in Sarawak, reported that the community cluster involved a few longhouses at the Gran Stumbin settlement, in Tanjung Bijat, Sri Aman.

The cluster stemmed from social movement and close contacts among residents in Gran Stumbin area after attending a funeral ceremony at one of the longhouses on June 6.

As of today, a total of 620 individuals have been screened whereby 124 tested negative while 414 are still awaiting lab test results.

All positive cases were admitted to the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH), Sri Aman Hospital and Quarantine and Low-Risk Treatment Centre (PKRC) Sri Aman for isolation and treatment.

SDMC informed that close contacts to positive cases have also been given quarantine orders and admitted to the quarantine centre in Sri Aman District.

The State Health Department has also today declared the end of the Rayang Cluster in Serian after no new cases were reported in the past 28 days.

With that, the total number of active clusters in Sarawak now stood at 88, out of which eight clusters reported an increase in daily infections with 14 more cases.

They are Kampung Kolong 2 Cluster in Kuching which picked up three more cases, while Banting Cluster in Sri Aman, Ijus Pengelayan Cluster in Miri, Muara Tabuan Cluster in Kuching and Putai Cluster in Bukit Mabong (2 cases each), as well as Jalan Jambusan Sunchar Cluster in Bau, Jalan Coastal Bintulu-Miri Cluster in Bintulu and Emperan Cluster in Selangau added one more case each. — DayakDaily