COVID-19: Sentosa cluster close contact tracing ongoing – Dr Adham

by BERNAMA/ pic by BERNAMA

THE Ministry of Health (MOH) has continued COVID-19 active case detection and close contact tracing activities involving the Sentosa cluster in Kuching, Sarawak, to curb the spread of virus infection in the state, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba (picture) said that from July 18 until yesterday, the MOH had tracked down 680 individuals who were contacts of the cluster and 21 tested positive, 587 tested negative while 72 were still waiting for results.

“Of the 21 positive cases, 16 were among MOH personnel, two were members of support services from the company that manages the facilities at the hospital, one was a patient and two others are close contacts or family members of the positive cases,” he said during the Ministers’ Questions Time today.

He said this in his reply to a question from Chong Chieng Jen (PH-Stampin) who wanted to know the MOH’s plans to address the spread of COVID-19 cases in Kuching, Sarawak, especially the Sentosa cluster which involved government hospital staff and frontliners.

Chong also wanted to know what additional measures were being taken by the MOH to protect and safeguard the welfare of every health worker, patient and member of the public in the hospital environment and to curb the spread of the COVID-19 infection, as well as assistance to all traders affected by the pandemic.