New Covid-19 cluster linked to student in Bintulu

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The Health Ministry has identified a new Covid-19 cluster in Sarawak, after six cases were linked to a student in Kidurong, Bintulu.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the index case is a student of a public university, who tested positive for the virus on June 12.

“Our subsequent active detection activity found that the student’s family members – mother, father and two siblings are also positive.

“A friend of the index case’s father also tested positive, making this the country’s latest cluster, ” he said at the ministry’s Covid-19 press conference here on Friday (June 19).

Dr Noor Hisham said a total of 231 close contacts have been identified.

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A total of 163 of them have been screened and have all tested negative.

“The source of the infection is still under investigation, ” said Dr Noor Hisham.

The index case, who studies in Mukah, had returned to her home in Bintulu in March

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She had spent her Hari Raya back at home in Bintulu and had received visits from her relatives.

She was found to be positive following a test conducted on returning university students, which is a state requirement.

BBC

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