By Ling Hui
KUCHING, Feb 4: Sibu Pasai Cluster has regained its momentum today by reporting an increase of 96 new cases, double the daily toll in the last four days.
When the situation seemed to have slightly subsided with over 30 and 40 cases for the past few days, the notorious cluster decided to stir up the pot again.
On Jan 31, State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) reports showed that the number of positives traced back to the cluster has dropped from 97 (Jan 30) to 32 cases.
The figures maintained for another three days when 35 were reported on Feb 1, 32 on Feb 2 and 49 on Feb 3.
Out of the 96 today, 55 cases were registered in Beluru, Sibu (20), Bintulu (6), Lundu (5), Kanowit (4), Kapit (2), Dalat (2), Sarikei (1) and Sebauh (1).
As a result of the spike, Beluru district was converted from an orange to a Covid-19 red zone with a total of 74 local cases.
The cumulative number of positive cases involved with Pasai Cluster now stands at 2,146 and it is the only cluster in Sarawak with a four-digit-figure.
SDMC chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas during the Covid-19 press conference today, said 24,000 individuals related to the cluster were screened and 21,000 were negatives while 854 more are awaiting test results.
Other active clusters that recorded a growing trend were Jalan Pengiran Cluster in Matu with 14 new cases, Tabong Cluster in Bau with four cases and Rakut Cluster in Miri with six new cases.
The remaining eight clusters namely Bintang Daily Cluster, Indah Riang Cluster, Bedayan Cluster, Bukit Sekubong Cluster, Jelita Cluster, Keranji Tabuan Cluster, Bah Sayap Cluster and Stutong Cluster did not find any new infections today. — DayakDaily