Jalan Kg Hilir, Abang Barieng and Bandong residents urged to stay home for two weeks

Dr Annuar (left) and Senator Robert Lau (centre) visit the new lab at Rejang Medical Centre.

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SIBU, March 16: Residents of Jalan Kg Hilir, Abang Barieng and Bandong have been told to stay indoors for the next 14 days after the new Kampung Hilir Cluster was confirmed today.

A total of nine new Covid-19 cases were recorded in the Kampung Hilir Cluster today, bringing its cumulative total to 35.

Sibu Divisional Disaster Management Committee coordinator, Dr Annuar Rapaee in making this call at his daily Covid-19 update via a Facebook livestream today also advised the residents to be extra cautious to avoid contracting the disease.

“Be extra careful. Don’t go out. To the youths, don’t mix around with your peers and try to stay at home for the next two weeks,” he urged.

An active case detection exercise will be carried out on March 18 and 19 (Thursday and Friday) from 9am to 1pm at the carpark of Masjib An-Nur for residents in these areas.

On Sibu’s second new cluster confirmed today called the Jalan Sanyan Cluster, the Nangka assemblyman revealed that two new positive cases were detected. The cumulative total for the cluster stands at 19.

Of the 73 cases recorded in Sibu today, he said 53 of them were from Sibu Municipal Council areas, five in Sibu Jaya and 15 in the Sibu Rural District Council’s area.

Only two of the 73 cases showed symptoms of the disease.

The rest included 42 from four quarantine centres, 15 from active case detection, 13 community screening and one health care.

“The 42 cases who are asymptomatic will be transfered to the low risk quarantine centre or hospital if they are found to be positive later,” he added.

Earlier this morning, he officiated at the opening of Rejang Medical Centre’s new lab that can carry out more than 1,000 tests per day using its newest test machine.

Results for each batch take just two hours. Each batch consists of 96 samples.

Previously Covid-19 swab samples from Sibu had to be sent to private labs in Kuching and Kuala Lumpur, taking up to 48 hours to come back.

Some people received their results after more than 48 hours, which is because results that return negative are not relayed to the sample giver immediately. — DayakDaily