SDMC: Bunut Cluster emerges in Mukah due to Hari Raya visiting

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KUCHING, June 2: House-to-house visiting during Hari Raya has fueled the surge of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak as 30 more people from several families in Kampung Bunut, Taman Crystal and Kampung Sungai Alo in Mukah were infected, triggering the Bunut Cluster today.

The Bunut Cluster is one of six new Covid-19 clusters declared in Sarawak today. Of the remaining five clusters, three were workplace clusters in Miri (Jalan Brooke Cluster, Jee Cattleya Cluster and Jalan Pinang Riam Cluster) and two were longhouse clusters in Tatau (Sungai Penyarai Cluster) and Selangau (Nanga Meruan Cluster).

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), in its daily update report on the Covid-19 situation in Sarawak, revealed that the community cluster was detected at Kampung Bunut in Mukah.

Social movement and visiting activities during Hari Raya Aidilfitri had caused the community spread of the virus with a few families in Kampung Bunut, Taman Crystal and Kampung Alo linked to the clusters.

As of today, SDMC revealed that a total 166 individuals have been screened, whereby 88 tested negative and 48 are still awaiting lab test results.

All positive cases have been referred to Bintulu Hospital, Mukah Hospital and admitted to Quarantine and Low-Risk Treatment Centre (PKRC) Bintulu for treatment and isolation.

SDMC also declared the end of five clusters namely the Tarat Tani in Serian, Tabuan Jaya and Taman Pelita in Kuching, Sileng Dayak in Lundu and Sungai Mas in Sebauh after no new local cases were reported in the last 28 days.

As such, there are still 81 active clusters remaining in Sarawak, out of which 15 clusters recorded an increase in daily infections with 98 more cases added. — DayakDaily