New Covid-19 clusters identified in BDC, Kota Samarahan, Simunjan

Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah

KUCHING, May 4: There are now three new clusters identified in Sarawak — Taman BDC, Kota Samarahan and Simunjan.

The Health Ministry has officially classified Taman BDC at Stampin, here, as a Covid-19 cluster after 37 positive cases were detected from the area. The cluster has recorded two Covid-19 deaths in the past.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the cases were infected from the Sri Petaling tabligh gathering index cases.

“For the Taman BDC cluster, a total of 37 individuals from three generations were infected; mainly the family members, as well as those mosque-goers, and their colleagues,” he told a media briefing on the daily Covid-19 updates at Putrajaya, today.

According to the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee, the cases at Taman BDC were not newly detected but the area was not classified as a new cluster before.

On a related note, Dr Noor Hisham revealed that 71 patients have recovered and discharged from the hospitals today.

As of 12 pm, the country recorded 55 new Covid-19 positive cases, which brings the total number of cases to 6,353. From the 55 new cases, seven are import cases, while 48 local.

On a positive note, he said no deaths were reported by the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) and the death toll remained at 105.

Dr Noor Hisham said total active cases nationwide is at 1,764 with 28 currently treated at the intensive care unit (ICU), where 13 require respiratory assistance.

He reminded the public to continue complying with the standard operating procedure (SOP) set by the government during the movement control order (MCO).

“However, it is not compulsory to wear the face mask, especially in public places, but it is encouraged in order to protect oneself and others.

“Apart from that, other SOP such as the one-meter social distancing, and personal hygiene must also be practiced,” he said. — DayakDaily