205 cases recorded in state

KUCHING: Sarawak recorded 205 new positive Covid-19 cases today, bringing the state’s tally to 3,704.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said that 51 of these cases were recorded in Sibu, Kanowit (41), Miri (32), Dalat (22), Bintulu (19), Kuching (10), Kapit and Lawas (five each), Julau and Sarikei (four each), Simunjan (three), Pakan, Betong and Meradong (two each), and Samarahan, Saratok and Marudi (one each).

“Of the 51 cases in Sibu district, 29 involved the Pasai Cluster, 11 were individuals screened through active case detection (ACD) of contacts of positive Covid-19 cases, six were other screenings at health centres, three were health workers in Sibu and two were symptomatic individuals screened at health centres in Sibu district,” he said, adding that all 51 cases were categorised as local infections.

“All the 41 cases reported in Kanowit district involved the Pasai Cluster,” he said at SDMC’s Covid-19 update press conference today.

For the 32 cases in Miri district, he said 11 were individuals screened through ACD of contacts of positive cases (categorised as local infections), ten involved the Pasai Cluster, seven involved the Jelita Cluster, three involved the Rakut Cluster, and one involved the Bah Sayap Cluster.

He said all the 22 cases in Dalat district involved the Pasai Cluster.

“Bintulu district recorded 19 cases, of which 12 involved the Rakut Cluster and seven were individuals screened through ACD of contacts of positive cases, categorised as local infections,” said Uggah, who is also Deputy Chief Minister.

He said the ten cases reported in Kuching district comprised eight individuals screened through ACD of contacts of positive cases, an individual who was screened at a health facility and a symptomatic individual screened at a health facility. All ten cases were categorised as local infections.

He said the five cases reported in Kapit district were made up of three involving the Pasai Cluster and two individuals screened through ACD of contacts of positive cases, categorised as local infections.

“For the five cases in Lawas district, three were from screenings to travel to Sabah (categorised as local infections) and two were individuals who had returned from a high-risk Covid-19 area. The two cases have been categorised as Import B cases — infected from Sabah,” he said.

As for the four cases reported in Julau district, he said three of them involved the Pasai Cluster while one is an individual screened at a health facility there, categorised as a local infection.

“Four cases were recorded in Sarikei district — two are health workers (categorised as Import C cases from Sibu District), one involved the Pasai Cluster and one is a symptomatic individual screened at a health centre in Sarikei District (categorised as a local infection),” he said.

Uggah said the three cases in Simunjan district and the two cases in Pakan district were individuals screened through ACD of contacts of positive cases, categorised as local infections.

He said the two cases recorded in Betong involved the Pasai Cluster, while the two cases in Meradong District involved symptomatic individuals who had undergone screening at health centres.

He said the single case each reported in the districts of Samarahan and Saratok were individuals screened through ACD of contacts of positive cases. The case in Samarahan district was categorised as a local infection whereas the case in Saratok district was categorised as an Import C case from Samarahan district.

“The single case recorded in Marudi district involved an individual with symptoms who had undergone screening at a health centre there. The case has been categorised as an Import C case from Miri district,” he said.

As of today, there are eight remaining Covid-19 clusters in Sarawak, namely the Rakut Cluster, Jelita Cluster and Bah Sayap Cluster in Miri; Bukit Sekubong Cluster in Sebauh; Pasai Cluster in Sibu; Keranji Tabuan Cluster and Stutong Cluster in Kuching; and Mador Cluster in Meradong.