By Karen Bong
KUCHING, Jan 7: Keranji Tabuan Cluster has emerged today after five new local Covid-19 cases linked to index Case 1,158 have been detected in Kuching, out of 14 cases reported in Sarawak.
The rest of the nine cases were recorded in Kuching (2), Sibu (3), Sri Aman (2), Miri (1) and Pusa (1). This thus increased the state tally of positive cases to 1,180.
With two cased in Sri Aman, the district has reverted to yellow zone.
State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas revealed that Case 1,168, 1,169, 1,170, 1,178 and 1,179, aged between 24 to 56 years old, were the close contact and family members to Case 1,158.
“They were detected through active contact tracing on Jan 5 which results returned positive on Jan 6 and 7,” he told a press conference on Covid-19 update today.
Contact tracing and further investigation are being carried out by Kuching Division State Office.
Another local case (Case 1,174) involved a local man who went to seek treatment at a private hospital on Jan 3. He was referred and admitted to Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) for a second test which returned positive.
Kuching also reported one imported case involving a man who returned from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Jan 3 via Dubai and arrived in Kuching on Jan 4.
He transited through Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA1) on Jan 4 and had undergone RTK Antigen test which his result was negative.
Upon arrival at Kuching International Airport (KIA), the case had served quarantine at a centre for 10 days and underwent a test on Jan 5 and his result was positive the next day.
All Kuching cases are now isolated and treated in SGH.
Sibu reported three imported cases with Case 1,171 involved a local woman who worked in Singapore and returned via Johor on Jan 4.
In Johor, she had undergone quarantine at a centre from Dec 10 to 19 and tested on Dec 11 which result was negative.
Upon arrival in Sibu, she was tested and ordered to serve home quarantine at home for 14 days with a wristband given. The first test result however returned positive on Jan 6.
Case 1,172 involved a local who returned from Selangor after a holiday since Dec 19. Upon arrival at Sibu Airport on Jan 4, he served home quarantine with a wristband given and underwent a test which was found positive on Jan 6.
Case 1,175 involved a local woman who returned from Kuala Lumpur on Dec 29 and transited through KIA where she was tested but the result was negative.
Upon arrival at Sibu Airport, the case served a 14-days home quarantine with wristband given and the test returned positive on Jan 6.
All cases are currently isolated and treated in Sibu Hospital.
In Pusa district, Case 1,173 was a local woman who returned from Johor on Jan 4 and had undergone home quarantine with a wristband given. The test carried out on Jan 4 returned positive on Jan 6.