Poor SOP practice, workplace infection cause new clusters in Beluran, KK
21 July 2021
By Wartawan Nabalu News
KOTA KINABALU: Two new Covid-19 clusters have been identified in Sabah today with one each in Beluran and Kota Kinabalu, known as the Sawit Lung cluster and Industri KKIP Selatan cluster.
Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said it is believed that the Sawit Lung cluster in Beluran has emerged due to poor compliance of SOPs among the farmworkers.
"The index case of the cluster is a 35-year-old male foreigner who exhibited symptoms before testing positive for Covid-19 on July 14.
"At the same day, three individuals linked to the same workplace infection also tested positive," he said in a press statement today.
“Out of 40 individuals screened, 11 close contacts have tested positive, including the index case’s family members and colleagues, bringing the cumulative total of the cluster to 15 cases," he added.
Meanwhile, the Industri KKIP Selatan cluster in Kota Kinabalu was detected in a plastic factory.
The index case is a 20-year-old male factory operator who tested positive on June 30 in a private clinic after experiencing symptoms since July 9.
"Out of 45 close contacts screened, eight positive cases were recorded with six new cases today,” said Masidi.
A total of 32 more samples tested negative while five more are still waiting for results, he added.
Besides that, four positive cases which were registered in Tuaran were also detected with linking to the cluster, bringing the cumulative total of the cluster to 12 cases.