KUCHING: Sarawak recorded nine more positive Covid-19 cases yesterday, bringing its total number of cases to 273 since the first positive case was reported on March 13. 

Of these nine cases, eight were treated at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) and one at Bintulu Hospital. 

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) deputy chairman Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said this in a press conference on the daily update on Covid-19 yesterday.
He said as of yesterday, a total of 76 new persons under investigation (PUI) were recorded, bringing the total to 1,705 PUI cases. 

Of these, 1,358 were negative and 74 laboratory results were pending.

Of those, 56 were recorded in Kuching. Eight PUI cases were screened at Youth and Sport Complex Kuching and 48 were screened at the SGH. 

The other PUI cases were in Samarahan with eight, Serian (three), Miri (three), Bintulu (three), Bau (two) and Simunjan (one). 

On public compliance with the movement control order (MCO), Abdul Karim said it had improved to 96 per cent. 

“Twenty-six people who defied the MCO had been arrested as of April 5,” he said. 

He said five were caught in Kuching, Miri (five), Kota Samarahan (five), Padawan (three), Bintulu (two), Meradong (two), Tatau (two), Serian (one) and Bau (one). 

“About 4,131 police constables are now involved in enforcing the MCO statewide. They are assisted by 681 soldiers, 397 Rela members, 63 Civil Defence Force members and 71 police volunteer reservists,” he said. 

To date, Sarawak has already recorded 12 deaths since the first case was reported on March 17.