180 new cases — state’s highest so far

KUCHING: Sarawak recorded 180 new Covid-19 cases today, a new record for the state.

Of these, 150 cases were recorded in Sibu, Miri (9), four each in Bintulu and Kuching, Dalat (three), two each in Simunjan and Sebauh, and one each in Limbang, Samarahan, Tebedu, Betong, Sarikei and Lubok Antu.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a statement today said this brought the total number of cases thus far to 1,920.

In Sibu District, 148 of the cases recorded involved the Pasai Cluster while the other two were detected through other screenings.

Miri District’s nine cases comprised five from the Jelita Cluster, two from the Bah Sayap Cluster, a local individual who had returned from Sabah, and another local detected through active case detection (ACD) at a food premises.

As for the four cases in Kuching District, there was one case each involving the Pasai Cluster, Stutong Cluster and Jelita Cluster, and another case involving a symptomatic individual categorised as a local infection.

In Bintulu District, two cases involved the Pasai Cluster, one involved the Bukit Sekubong Cluster, and one is local who showed symptoms and was categorised as a local infection.

The three cases in Dalat District and the two cases in Simunjan District involved the Pasai Cluster, while the two cases in Sebauh District involved the Bukit Sekubong Cluster.

The single case recorded in Samarahan District involved the Stutong Cluster.

The case in Limbang District was a local man who underwent a scheduled screening for the purpose of going through Brunei. The case was categorised as Import-B, from Sabah.

The case in Betong District was an individual who had returned from Johor while the case in Tebedu was an Indonesian undocumented immigrant in lockup, categorised as Import-A.

The case in Sarikei District was a local individual who was screened at a private hospital in Sibu for the purpose of reporting for duty as a civil servant in Sabah.

The case had no relation to existing clusters and was categorised as a local infection.

The case recorded in Lubok Antu is a local individual who showed symptoms, categorised as a local infection.

SDMC said there are still seven active clusters in Sarawak, namely the Bukit Sekubong Cluster in Sebauh, Jelita Cluster and Bah Sayap Cluster in Miri, Pasai Cluster in Sibu, Keranji Tabuan Cluster and Stutong Cluster in Kuching and Mador Cluster in Meradong.

“Nine new cases have recovered and were discharged, comprising six from Miri Hospital and three from Sarawak General Hospital (SGH),” it said.

This brought the total number of recovered and discharged cases to 1,131 or 58.91 percent of the total number of cases in the state.