Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah

KUCHING: Sarawak recorded another 15 positive Covid-19 cases yesterday, bringing the number to 288 in total. 

In a statement by State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) deputy chairman Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, he said out of the 15 recorded, 14 were being treated at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) and one at Miri Hospital. 

While delivering the committee’s Covid-19 daily update, Abdul Karim revealed that 92 new person under investigation (PUI) cases were also recorded yesterday. 

“This brings the total number of PUI to 1,797 cases so far. 

“Out of that, 1,409 were negative cases while another 100 are awaiting test results,” he said. 

It is learnt that the PUI cases consist of 41 cases in Kuching, Betong (14), Serian (13), Miri (11), Samarahan (five), Bintulu (five), Asajaya (one), Saratok (one), and Tebedu (one). 

For areas in Kuching, eight of the cases were screened at the Sports and Youth Complex Kuching while 33 cases were screened at SGH. 

Additionally, Sarawak also recorded a compliance rate of 96.3 per cent for the movement control order (MCO). 

Despite the high compliance rate, Abdul Karim said some 35 individuals had been arrested and 51 had been charged in court while 12 had been incarcerated and another 29 had been fined for flouting the MCO. 

The daily arrest cases consist of eight individuals from Sibu, Kota Samarahan (seven), Kuching (six), Padawan (five), Sarikei (four), Miri (three), Bintulu (one), and Julau (one). 

While daily charged cases include 17 in Miri, Kuching (12), Padawan (nine), Sibu (four), Bintulu (four), Sri Aman (two), Sarikei (two), and Julau (one). 

“About 4,140 police personnel are now involved in enforcing the MCO statewide and they are assisted by 681 army personnel, 397 Rela personnel, 63 from Civil Defence Force and 79 from the Police Volunteer Reserve Corp,” he said.