• Ilona Andrew

Covid-19: Two workplace clusters detected in Sabah


Datuk Masidi Manjun

6 Sept 2021

By Ilona Andrew


KOTA KINABALU: Sabah registered two new Covid-19 clusters today - both were detected in workplaces - known as the Sawit Simpang Batu 38 cluster in Nabawan and the Bawah Bayu cluster in Tuaran.


Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said the Covid-19 cluster in Nabawan was identified through targeted screening which involved workers from a palm oil plantation situated at Batu 38.


"The index case is a 55-year-old male who tested positive on Aug 29 after exhibiting symptoms of infection such as fever, cough and muscle aches two days prior.


"A total of 309 of the index case's colleagues, family members, and casual contacts have then been screened where 87 of them tested positive," he said in a statement today.


For the cluster in Tuaran, Masidi said the index case is also a 55-year-old from Kg Betutai who works at the delivery division of a private pathology laboratory in Luyang.


"The index case tested positive through workplace screening. Eleven of his close contacts also tested positive following the case, including his child who works as a prison officer at PRP Kauluan.


"Following the case, 51 of the child's close contacts had tested positive including three cases from Kota Kinabalu, he explained.


The cumulative total of positive cases in this cluster stands at 63, he added.