New school Covid-19 cluster linked to SMK Tabuan emerging, 10 in a family infected

Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian

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By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, April 25: A new cluster of Covid-19 related to a school in particular SMK Tabuan infecting one family of 10 members could have emerged.

According to State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian in a Facebook posting, he said a new cluster of Covid-19 which is under investigation and yet to be announced by the State Health Department in Kuching is SMK Tabuan.

“Up to 40 per cent of recent clusters are patients (who are) symptomatic.

“A large proportion are young. Zone Kuching-Samarahan-Serian 108 cases.

“Kuching from Cluster ICOM (SWAG), Cluster Pulapol, Cluster Mesra Bako, SMK Tabuan (new yet to be announced), 1 family of 10 and the rest still being investigated,” he said in a posting last night.

For the Covid-19 cases in Kuching, he disclosed that they live in various parts of the city.

These include at Taman Mesra Bako (14), Taman Sri Permai (1), Taman Kalien (1), Taman Malihah (1), Taman Bawang Height (1), Taman Borneo Height (1), Taman Syn Syn (1), Taman Pelita Jaya (1), Taman Sumber Alam Sanctuary (1), P Residence (1), MJC Commercial Centre (1), Bintawa (1), Jln Sekama (1), Jln Harun (1), Jln Field Force (1), Jln Kangkok (1), Jln Stutong Baru (1), Jln Kuching-Serian, Jln Stakan (1), Jln Song (1), Kpg Git (1), Kpg Bumbok (1), Kpg Simbok (1), Kpg Sudat (1), Kpg Bako Hilir (1), Kpg Sikog (1), Kpg Bintawa (1) and Stapok Avenue (1).

On another note, Dr Sim who is also Minister for Local Government and Housing noted that the age of recent Covid-19 cases were youngsters and below the age of 40.

For instance, he noted the age of one of the two death cases reported on April 23 was just 31 and he had no comorbidities.

Dr Sim noted the victim has delayed his treatment after exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 for a week.

Hence, he said early treatment saved lives and the victim which delayed his diagnosis of Covid-19 for a week could have infected his family members, colleagues at his workplace and friends. — DayakDaily