Senior citizen infects 20 in longhouse, triggers Sungai Sebemban Cluster in Bintulu

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By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, May 2: A senior longhouse resident in Sungai Sebemban in Bintulu has tested positive for Covid-19 and infected 20 others in the longhouse, causing the formation of a new Covid-19 cluster known as the Sungai Sebemban Cluster.

According to reports from the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) today, the Sungai Sebemban Cluster is a community cluster which involves a longhouse in Sungai Sebemban located at Jalan Pesisir Kuala Tatau, Bintulu.

SDMC said the index case of the cluster was Case 28,019, a 68-year-old woman who was identified through pre-medical Covid-19 screening at a private clinic had experienced fatigue and loss of appetite.

Following investigations and active contact tracing among family members and social contacts to the index case, 20 more Covid-19 cases were detected.

So far, a total of 59 individuals have been swabbed whereby 21 tested positive including the index case, 32 tested negative and six cases are awaiting the results of their Covid-19 swab tests.

SDMC said all cases have been admitted to Bintulu Hospital and the quarantine and low risk treatment centre in Bintulu.

The committee also disclosed that the longhouse has been placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) to curb the transmission of Covid-19.

Meanwhile, Sarawak reported three new Covid-19 clusters today, comprising the Sebujok Cluster in Sri Aman, Sungai Sebemban Cluster in Bintulu and the Sungai Tengah Cluster in Bau.

This brings the number of active Covid-19 clusters in the State to 78.

From this total, 19 clusters 219 new cases while 59 clusters did not report new cases. — DayakDaily