Funeral sparks Covid-19 outbreak in Nanga Meruan Dijih, Selangau

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KUCHING, June 2: A funeral ceremony has caused a Covid-19 outbreak with 34 cases involving a longhouse in Nanga Meruan Dijih in Selangau, thus triggering the Nanga Meruan Cluster.

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), in its daily update report on the Covid-19 situation in Sarawak, reported that the funeral ceremony was held on May 15 and 16.

As of today, a total of 115 individuals have been screened whereby 81 tested negative, with none awaiting their lab test results.

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

Another longhouse-related Covid-19 cluster was also declared in Sungai Peyarai in Ulu Kakus, Tatau with 27 positive cases.

A total of 109 individuals linked to the Sungai Peyarai Cluster have been screened whereby 40 tested negative while 42 are still awaiting for lab test results.

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

These two clusters were among six new Covid-19 clusters declared in Sarawak today. The remaining four are Bunut Cluster in Mukah which stemmed from Raya visitings and three workplace clusters in Miri dubbed Jalan Brooke Cluster, Jee Cattleya Cluster and Jalan Pinang Riam Cluster.

Meanwhile, SDMC also declared the end of five clusters namely Tarat Tani in Serian, Tabuan Jaya and Taman Pelita in Kuching, Sileng Dayak in Lundu and Sungai Mas in Sebauh after no new local cases were reported in the last 28 days.

As such, there are still 81 active clusters remaining in Sarawak, out of which 15 clusters recorded an increase in daily infections with 98 more cases added. — DayakDaily