179 cases, one fatality and one new cluster

KUCHING: Sarawak recorded 179 new positive Covid-19 cases today bringing the state’s tally to 4,124 cases.

At the same time, there was one Covid-19 related death, bringing the total number of fatalities so far to 36.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the latest cases comprised 65 from Sibu, Song (54), Miri (12), Kapit (11), Lundu and Selangau with seven each, Bau (six), Bintulu (five), Sebauh (three), Meradong and Kanowit with two each, while Kuching, Pakan, Samarahan, Sarikei and Serian recorded one case each.

“Of the 65 cases in Sibu District, 33 involved the Pasai Cluster, 17 were close contacts screened through active case detection (ACD), eight were individual screenings, four were medical workers at health facilities and three were individuals with symptoms screened at health facilities.

“In Song, 47 cases involved the Pasai Cluster, two were individuals with symptoms screened at health facilities, two from individual screenings, two from ACD and one case involving medical worker at a health facility.

“In Miri, four cases were from ACD, four from individual screenings, two involving medical workers and two individuals with symptoms,” he said in a daily Covid-19 update press conference today.

In Kapit, six cases involved the Pasai Cluster, four from ACD and one involving a medical worker.

All seven cases in both Lundu and Selangau districts involved the Pasai Cluster, while six cases in Bau involved a new cluster called Tabong Cluster.

In Bintulu, two cases were from ACD, two involved individuals with symptoms and one case involving a medical worker.

All cases in Sebauh, Meradong, Pakan and Samarahan were from ACD, while Kanowit recorded one case involving Pasai Cluster and one case of individual screening.

Kuching and Sarikei however, recorded one case of individual with symptoms each, while one case in Serian involved the Bedayan Cluster.

Uggah also said 134 cases had recovered and been discharged from hospitals on Friday – 76 from Sibu Hospital, 36 from Miri Hospital, 16 from Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) and six from Bintulu Hospital.

“This brings the total number of recovered and discharged cases to 2,330 or 56.50 percent of total Covid-19 cases in Sarawak,” he pointed out.

As of today, there were 1,743 persons still undergoing treatment at hospital isolation wards in the state, namely 1,068 in Sibu Hospital, Miri Hospital (275), SGH (162), Bintulu Hospital (109), Kapit Hospital (105), Sarikei Hospital (19), Limbang Hospital (four) and PKRC Sipitang in Sabah (one).

 “Today, 253 new person-under-investigation (PUI) cases were reported and 42 PUIs are still awaiting laboratory results,” Uggah concluded.