New Covid-19 cluster linked to student in Bintulu


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.

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.

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.