KUCHING: The total number of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak has gone up to 1,053 after eight new cases were recorded on Thursday (Nov 19).

Six cases were reported here while Miri recorded two, according to the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).

The six cases here are close contacts related to the Besi Cluster.

“Case 1,048, 1,049, 1,050, 1,051, 1,052, and 1,053 comprising one male and five female, aged between two and 56-are family members of Case 1,043 and 1,044.

“All cases did not show any sign or symptom of the disease,” said SDMC.

Meanwhile, the case in Miri, 1,046-is a local male, who is a university student returning from Kuala Lumpur.

The case is classified as Import Case B – someone who was infected while in another state in Malaysia.

He returned to Sarawak via Miri Airport on Nov 8 and has been placed in a centre to undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days. 

Case 1,046 also did not show any sign or symptom of the disease and has been admitted to the isolation ward at Miri Hospital for treatment while active contact tracing to this case is underway.

In Miri also, Case 1,047 is a local woman who had close contact with Case 987, who is currently undergoing home quarantine.

“This case also did not show any sign or symptom of the disease and has no history of traveling abroad or visiting high risk areas in the country.

“Contact tracing to this case is going on full swing and is categorised as local infection case.”

SDMC added that 16 cases had recovered and discharged£­13 cases from SGH and three from Miri Hospital-bringing the total number of recovered and discharged cases thus far to 962 or 91.36 per cent.

Seventy-two individuals are being treated at hospital isolation wards in the state – 63 at SGH and nine at Miri Hospital.

“Twenty-one persons under investigation (PUI) cases have been reported while two are awaiting laboratory results.

“There are no cases receiving treatment in the intensive care unit (ICU). The death toll in the state remains at 19.”