KUCHING: The highest infection rate of Covid-19 is reported to be in the southern part of Sarawak.

Tourism, Art, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said this includes Kuching and Samarahan Divisions, which are areas of high infected.

Karim was representing Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas at the press conference on the daily update on Covid-19.

“This high infection rate is due to the geographical factors between Kuching and Samarahan. They are close and movement of people and goods between these two divisions is heavy such as people travelling to work and going out to purchase essentials in Kuching,” he said.

As of yesterday, statistics from the State Disaster Management Committee showed that the total positive cases statewide was 254, with Kuching 163 cases, Samarahan (34), Serian (5), Sri Aman (1), Betong (12), Sarikei (6), Sibu (4), Mukah (2), Bintulu (5), Miri (14) and Limbang (8).

Kapit recorded no positive case and person under investigations (PUI) for Covid-19.

Of the 163 positive cases in Kuching, five people have died of Covid-19.  In Samarahan three deaths were reported, Miri and Limbang reported one death each.

Kuching continued to remain as a red zone area registering 41 positive cases, while Samarahan, Serian, Sri Aman, Betong, Sarikei, Sibu, Mukah, Bintulu, Miri and Limbang are under the yellow zone category, meaning they each has between one to 40 cases.

Karim said beginning today, all Sarawakians returning from overseas will be placed under quarantine at the quarantine centres in Kuching, Bintulu and Miri.