New Subis detention depot cluster yields 17 infections so far

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By Ling Hui

KUCHING, March 7: The newly declared detention depot cluster DTI Bekenu 2 in Subis has seen 17 individuals confirmed positive for Covid-19 so far, including the index case.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a report today disclosed the cluster was centred on an immigration detention depot (DTI) at Jalan Coastal Bintulu-Miri in Bekenu, Subis.

Investigations found the case index (Case 260,013) of the cluster to be a 31-year-old non-Malaysian female detainee who tested positive for Covid-19 when screened at Miri Hospital on Feb 28.

“The spread of the infection is believed to be due to close association and contact among detainees in the detention depot,” said SDMC.

To-date, 45 individuals have been swabbed and 28 samples returned negative results.

SDMC gave assurance that all positive cases have been admitted to the Miri Hospital and the Low-Risk Treatment and Quarantine Centre (PKRC) at DTI Bekenu.

Meanwhile, two clusters namely the Kampung Semeba Cluster and Jalan Kolej Cluster, both in Kuching, were declared expired after recording zero new infections for 28 consecutive days.

As of today, Sarawak has three active clusters remaining. — DayakDaily