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By Ling Hui
KUCHING, April 29: As of today, 25 compounds have been issued to standard operating procedure (SOP) flouters traced back to the Icom Cluster in Kuching, which was a result of a social gathering involving a group of employees of a property management consultant agency.
The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), in stating this, added that more compounds to the cluster, which SDMC advisor Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian once suggested it be renamed the ‘SWAG Cluster’, will be issued as investigations are still underway.
“As of today, 25 compounds have been issued relating to the Icom Cluster in Kuching.
“There are more compounds that have not been issued to those involved in the SWAG gathering because investigations are still ongoing,” said the committee in a statement today.
The Icom Cluster was declared active on April 22 with a cumulative number of 31 cases where the index case, a 20-year-old man, attended a dinner gathering at a restaurant in CityONE Megamall before proceeding to a local bistro at Jalan Song.
Further investigations found that other participants who attended the dinner with the index case were employees of the consultant agency located at Jalan Pending at Icom Square, thus the name of the cluster.
As of today, the cluster has registered a total of 48 Covid-19 cases and zero samples are waiting for laboratory test results.
Meanwhile, SDMC noted another 12 compounds issued in districts of Kuching, Bintulu, Padawan and Miri to those found disobeying Covid-19 SOPs.
There were four compounds issued in Kuching, four in Bintulu, three in Padawan and one in Miri.
With that, the cumulative number of compounds released since March 18, 2020 until today increased to 6,043.
Adding on, the committee said the Local Government and Housing also issued six compounds under the supervision of Miri City Council (MCC) and Serian District Council (SDC) to parties caught operating overtime and not wearing face masks in public places. — DayakDaily