Palm oil plantation in Bintulu sparks workplace cluster with 25 confirmed cases

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By Nur Ashikin Louis

KUCHING, July 23: A palm oil plantation in Jalan Persisir Bintulu-Miri in Bintulu has sparked another workplace cluster named the Jalan Persisir Bintulu-Miri Cluster after reporting 25 confirmed Covid-19 cases so far.

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a statement today revealed that the plantation has been put under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO).

“The Jalan Persisir Bintulu-Miri Cluster stemmed from among the residents of a workers’ quarters of the plantation,” the Committee said.

A total of 312 individuals have been screened whereby 25 people tested positive for Covid-19 including the index case while 287 are still awaiting test results.

All positive cases from the cluster were referred and admitted to Bintulu Hospital and Bintulu Low-Risk Treatment Centre (PKRC) for isolation and further treatment.

At the same time, SDMC announced the end of four clusters today namely Sungai Parik Cluster and Banting Cluster in Sri Aman, Melatai Cluster in Kapit and Jalan Baru Tatau-Bintulu Cluster in Tatau.

At present, there are 91 active clusters in the State with 14 of them recording an increase of 98 new positive cases. — DayakDaily