According to Labuan Health Department director Dr Ismuni Bohari, the Labuan Health Department is now combating three active COVID-19 clusters, with two of them causing more infections and spreading rapidly.
He named them as the Merinding 2 Cluster, which was identified on Oct 28 and included the Labuan Matriculation College, and the Bukit Kuda and Jalan Jati clusters, which were identified on Nov 18 and Nov 21, respectively.
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“The Merinding 2 cluster emerged after several students from the mainland (Sabah) enrolled for the new semester. Infection spread to students in the hostel and staff but the cluster is manageable,” he told Bernama today.
He said that the Bukit Kuda cluster developed as a result of an engagement ceremony held on the island and attended by relatives from the mainland.
“This cluster spread widely to those who attended the ceremony…and we are still tracing the close contacts for screening, and efforts are being made to break the chain of infection,” he said.
Dr Ismuni said that the Jalan Jati cluster involved a bistro in downtown Jalan Jati with many diners suspected of transmitting the infections.
“These two clusters (Bukit Kuda and Jalan Jati) have gone up to the third generation of cases, we are doing analysis on every case,” he said.
Labuan’s cumulative case count presently stands at 10, 378, with 140 ongoing cases. To date, the duty-free island has lost 150 people to the virus.