‘Red zone’ alert in Sibu district with new Pasai Cluster

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By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Jan 9: Sibu has become a Covid-19 orange zone after an outburst of 37 new local transmission cases at Pasai Siong and only two local cases away from being a red zone.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), in its daily Covid-19 statement today, revealed that Sibu now has a total of 39 local transmission cases in the past 14 days, with a new Pasai Cluster declared today.

The index case (Case 1,175) of the cluster was a local woman who arrived from Johor through Kuala Lumpur and Kuching to attend her father’s funeral at the Rh Langi at Pasai Siong, Sibu.

The patient was under home quarantine when she was found positive of Covid-19 on Jan 7. On the same day, 74 close contacts at the longhouse were swabbed and late last night, the results came back with 37 positive cases.

Following the outbreak, Rh Langi and seven other nearby longhouses have been barred for a 14-day lockdown and screening operations will be expanded to other neighbouring longhouses.

With one new cluster detected today, there are now five active clusters in Sarawak. The other four clusters are the Keranji Tabuan Cluster and Stutong Cluster in Kuching, Mador Cluster in Meradong and Bah Sayap Cluster in Miri.

As of today, the Bah Sayap Cluster records another nine cases, the Stutong Cluster another eight new cases, and the Keranji Tabuan Cluster one new case.

Similarly a Covid-19 orange zone, Kuching is five local cases away from being a red zone, with a record of 36 local cases in the past 14 days at the moment.

With Lawas turning from yellow to a green zone, there is now a total of two Covid-19 orange zones and six Covid-19 yellow zones in Sarawak.

The six yellow zones include Samarahan, Sri Aman, Miri, Bintulu, Meradong and Bukit Mabong, with a total of 17 local cases reported in the past 14 days.

The other 32 districts in the state remain safe as Covid-19 green zones. — DayakDaily