Miri is Covid-19 red zone, with new Jelita Cluster

Uggah addressing the press conference on Covid-19 daily update.

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Jan 11: Miri is now a Covid-19 red zone after a spike of additional 86 new local transmission cases reported today.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas revealed that Miri now has a total of 97 local transmission cases in the past 14 days, with a new Jelita Cluster declared today.

“The index cases (Cases 1,155, 1,156, 1,157 and 1,165) of this cluster are four business partners who returned to Miri from Melaka and Pahang and were found positive on Dec 31.

“In the cluster, eight were found positive, 25 were negative and 21 more are awaiting laboratory test results,” he added during the Covid-19 update press conference today.

Noting that the index cases were instructed for home quarantines, Uggah asserted that all Sarawakians coming back to the state from Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah now must undergo mandatory 14-day quarantines in hotels, and not at homes.

He emphasised that there would be no more exceptions for individuals coming from other states in Malaysia.

With that, he concluded a total of six active clusters in Sarawak. The other five clusters are the Pasai Cluster (83 cases), Keranji Tabuan Cluster (12 cases), Bah Sayap Cluster (34 cases), Stutong Cluster (29 cases) and the Mador Cluster (eight cases).

Meanwhile, Dalat and Beluru districts have been converted from green to Covid-19 yellow zones with an increase of 12 local cases today.

“Kuching and Sibu remain as Covid-19 red zones with a total of 112 local cases, while Selangau, Sebauh, Samarahan, Sri Aman, Bukit Mabong, Meradong and Bintulu remain as yellow zones with 12 local cases in the past 14 days.

“The other 28 districts in the state are safe as Covid-19 green zones,” said Uggah. — DayakDaily