Another New COVID Cluster In Sarawak

KUCHING: The Sarawak Health Department has declared another new COVID-19 cluster in Sibu, according to the State Disaster Management Committee (JPBN) today.

It said the Buloh Cluster involves the community in three longhouses in the Sungai Buloh area in the Selangau district. The case index for the cluster was a 32-year-old local woman who was detected through symptomatic screening on Feb 21 after she experienced symptoms of COVID-19 since Feb 17.

“The spread of infection occurred through close association among the residents in the longhouses involved. The results of detection and screening on close contacts to this case found that there was an increase of 27 new cases detected.

“To date, there are 27 clusters that are still active throughout Sarawak,” the department said in a statement today. 

There was also a new COVID-19 fatality in Sarawak today, bringing the death toll in the state to 81 people.

In addition, a total of 255 cases of new COVID-19 infections were detected and reported in Sarawak today, bringing the total to 9,374 cases.

Meanwhile, the immunisation programme for rural areas in Sarawak will be implemented on a large scale starting in April, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas. who is also the chairman of JPBN.

He told Bernama that currently, the vaccination registration process is ongoing in the state.

The programme in the state began yesterday, except for the northern part of the Sarawak which will start next week, involving more than 2.2 million people in Sarawak, adding that the exercise is expected to be completed in August.