76 new Delta variant cases detected

KUCHING: Another 76 new cases of the Delta variant (B.1.167.2) have been detected in the state.

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) Institute of Health and Community Medicine (IHCM) director Prof Dr David Perera said the cases were detected in its ongoing tracking and surveillance of the SARS-Cov-2 variants circulating in the state.

“Samples from positive cases were tested between June 7 and July 13 recently. The majority of the cases, at 52, were detected in Kuching,” he said in his latest report to Sarawak Disaster Management Committee chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas on Wednesday (July 21).

“They were identified in samples taken from Hospital Sentosa, Satok Police Station and multiple other locations in Kuching area.”

He also disclosed that the variant had also been detected in Serian (11 cases), Samarahan (three), Sri Aman (five) and one each in Sibu, Miri and Betong.

Besides that, Prof Dr Perera added that the institute also detected one each under Import A and Import B categories.