Cases in triple digits for third consecutive day

KUCHING: Sarawak saw its third consecutive day of recording Covid-19 cases in the triple digits, with 166 new positive cases detected today.

In a statement today, the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said 94 of these cases were reported in Sibu, 48 in Miri, Kuching (15), Beluru (4), Bintulu (3), Belaga (1), and Samarahan (1) – bringing the total number of Covid-19 cases in the state thus far to 1,740.

In Sibu, 88 of the 94 cases reported involved the Pasai Cluster, four were contacts of positive cases, and two involved other screenings.

The 48 cases in Miri involved seven individuals who had returned from Covid-19 risk areas [Kelantan (2), Kuala Lumpur (2), Labuan (1), Melaka (1), and Selangor (1)], four from the Bah Sayap Cluster, three from the Pasai Cluster, one from the Stutong Cluster, a Sarawakian who had returned from Brunei, and 32 from other screenings.

As for Kuching’s 15 cases, 10 were individuals who had returned from Covid-19 risk areas [Selangor (5), Kuala Lumpur (2), Kedah (1), Sabah (1), and Negeri Sembilan (1)], two were from the Stutong Cluster, one was from the Keranji Tabuan Cluster, and another two were from other screenings.

The four cases in Beluru were contacts of positive cases, while in Bintulu, two cases were contacts of positive cases and one was an individual who had returned from Melaka.

The single case reported in Samarahan district involved the Stutong Cluster and the single case in Belaga district involved the Pasai Cluster.

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

“Four cases recovered and were discharged today from Miri Hospital, bringing the total number of recovered and discharged cases to 1,122 or 64.48 percent of the total number of cases in Sarawak.”

As of today, the total number of cases still undergoing treatment at hospital isolation wards was 597 – 296 in Sibu Hospital, Miri Hospital (181), SGH (93), and Bintulu Hospital (27).

“A total of 268 new person-under-investigation cases were reported and 53 PUIs are still awaiting laboratory results,” said the committee.

Kuching, Sibu, and Miri districts remained as red zones with a total of 449 local transmission cases reported in the three districts in the last 14 days.