Hari Raya visiting in Sri Aman sparks new Kampung Hilir Lingga Cluster, infects 23 people

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By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, June 9: Hari Raya Aidilfitri visiting at three separate locations in Sri Aman has given rise to a new Covid-19 cluster dubbed the Kampung Hilir Lingga Cluster, infecting 23 people in the process.

According to a report from the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), the Kampung Hilir Lingga Cluster is a community cluster which was caused by a social gathering among family members during the last Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

It involved three locations in Sri Aman which are Kampung Hilir Lingga, Kampung Masjid Baru Lingga and Taman Pasir Panas.

SDMC said at present, a total of 32 individuals related to the cluster have been screened for Covid-19.

Out of that number, 23 individuals were tested positive for the virus including the index case while the balance of nine individuals have tested negative.

The committee said all Covid-19 patients in the cluster have been referred and admitted to Sarawak General Hospital and Sri Aman Hospital as well as to the quarantine and low-risk treatment centre in Sri Aman for isolation and treatment.

There was also one death case from the cluster.

Meanwhile, the Kampung Hilir Lingga Cluster is one of the two new clusters of Covid-19 identified by the State Health Department.

The other new cluster is the Kampung Sinar Budi Baru Cluster in Kuching.

On another note, one Covid-19 cluster has ended today, which is the Skim Penempatan Stapok Cluster in Kuching.

With the emergence of two new clusters and one cluster ended, there are now a total of 76 clusters of Covid-19 which are active in Sarawak.

Out of the 76 active clusters, six active clusters reported 73 new cases of Covid-19.

The remaining 70 active clusters did not report new cases. — DayakDaily