Sarawak breaches 3k mark with 193 new cases

KUCHING: Sarawak breached the 3,000 mark, recording 193 new positive Covid-19 cases today, pushing the number of cases reported in the state thus far to 3,124.

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a statement said the latest cases comprised 138 from Sibu, Miri (12), Bintulu (10), Kuching and Dalat – nine each, Kapit (five), Sebauh (four), Kanowit and Selangau each recorded two cases while Bau and Limbang recorded one case each.

Of the 138 cases reported in Sibu District, 114 involved the Pasai Cluster and 24 others were individuals screened at health centres in the town, categorised as local infections.

The 12 cases in Miri District comprised five involving the Rakut Cluster, four involving the Pasai Cluster, two contacts of positive cases, and one healthcare worker – all categorised as local infections.

Bintulu District’s ten cases consisted of seven individuals screened at health centres in the district (categorised as local infections), two involving the Rakut Cluster (also local infections), and another involving the Rakut Cluster but categorised as an Import C case from Miri District.

“Of the nine cases recorded in Kuching District, six were individuals screened at health centres in the city while the other three were individuals screened during the active case detection (ACD) operation involving Rakut Cluster,” said the committee, adding that all nine cases were categorised as local infections.

All the nine cases in Dalat District involved the Pasai Cluster.

Meanwhile, the five cases in Kapit comprised three involving the Pasai Cluster (categorised as Import C cases from Sibu District), another case involving the Pasai Cluster (categorised as a local infection), and an individual who was screened at a health centre in Kapit, categorised as a local infection.

“The four cases in Sebauh District involved the Bukit Sekubong Cluster, categorised as local infections,” said SDMC.

Meanwhile, the two cases in Kanowit District are individuals screened at health centres there, whereas the two cases in Selangau District involved the Pasai Cluster, all categorised as local infections.

The case reported in Bau District is an individual who underwent screening at a health centre in the town and is categorised as a local infection.

“The case in Limbang District is an individual who underwent screening at a health centre in the town and is categorised as an Import C case from Miri District,” said the committee.

There were 134 recovered cases and discharged from hospitals on Saturday, consisting of 90 from Sibu Hospital, 18 from Miri Hospital, 18 from Bintulu Hospital, and eight from Sarawak General Hospital (SGH).

This brings the total number of recovered and discharged cases to 1,593 or 50.99 percent of total Covid-19 cases in Sarawak.

As of Saturday, there were 1,500 cases still being treated at hospital isolation wards – 1,061 in Sibu Hospital, Miri Hospital (235), SGH (135), Bintulu Hospital (68), and Limbang Hospital (one).

SDMC said 291 new person-under-investigation (PUI) cases were reported on Saturday and 95 PUIs were still awaiting laboratory results.

As of today, there were eight active Covid-19 clusters in Sarawak, namely the Rakut Cluster, Jelita Cluster, and Bah Sayap Cluster in Miri; Bukit Sekubong Cluster in Sebauh; Pasai Cluster in Sibu; Keranji Tabuan Cluster and Stutong Cluster in Kuching; and Mador Cluster in Meradong.