Three longhouses in Beluru placed under lockdown

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By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, Feb 8: Three longhouses in Bakong, Beluru in Miri were placed under lockdown with immediate effect for two weeks from Feb 7 to Feb 21.

According to two letters from Acting Miri Resident Abdul Aziz Mohamad Yusuf who is also the chairman of the Miri Divisional Disaster Management Committee dated yesterday, the affected longhouses are Rh Lawang Anak Chupong at Sg Seruas, Bakong with 15 doors and 64 villagers; Rh Mathew Tiri, at Sg Mangka, Bakong with 28 doors and 150 villagers; and Rh Pengabang Anak Janang at Sg Seruas with 33 doors and 200 villagers.

This follows the identification of close contacts of a Covid-19 case detected at the nearby Rh Nelson Nulai Serawong Tengah, Sg Seruas, Bakong by the Miri Health Department.

Yesterday, the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) confirmed the formation of a new Covid-19 cluster known as the Seruas Cluster in Beluru district.

It disclosed that the cluster involved a longhouse in Serawong Tengah, Seruas, Bakong in Beluru.

The committee said the index case involved a 61-year-old woman who was identified via symptomatic screening on January 28. Transmissions have been linked to a funeral at the longhouse in Serawong Tengah.

Following active case detection and close contact tracing, a total of 150 individuals were screened, whereby 59 were confirmed positive for Covid-19, 29 tested negative and 62 were awaiting laboratory results for their Covid-19 swab test.

The committee also disclosed that the Serawong Tengah longhouse has been placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO). — DayakDaily