State recorded another 200 cases today



KUCHING: Sarawak recorded 200 Covid-19 positive cases today (Feb 18), bringing the state’s tally to 7,425 cases.

This is the third highest daily record after the 270 cases recorded on Feb 4.

At the same time, the state also recorded two more Covid-19 related deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities so far to 67.

Case breakdown

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said Sibu continues to dominate with 120 cases, Kanowit (22), Kuching (17), Sebauh and Bukit Mabong – 11 each, Kapit, Miri and Sri Aman – four each, Bau (three), while Bintulu, Betong, Julau and Subis recorded one case each.

“Of the 120 cases in Sibu District, 62 were from individual screenings, 56 were close contacts screened from active case detection (ACD), one from individual with symptoms and one involved a medical worker at a health facility, while all cases in Kanowit were from ACD.

“In Kuching, 10 cases involved the Kampung Sungai Maong cluster, five from individual screenings, one import case C from Dalat, and one import case A involving an Indian national from the country of origin,” it said in a daily Covid-19 update statement.

All cases in Sebauh, Kapit, Sri Aman, Bintulu and Subis were from ACD while all cases in Bukit Mabong involved the Gelong Cluster.

The four cases in Miri were from ACD (two) and two individuals with symptoms, while the three cases in Bau involved two individuals with symptoms and one case of individual screening.

One case in Betong involved a medical worker while one case in Julau involved the Nanga Lijan Cluster.

Clusters in the state

From the total number of cases recorded today, 22 were linked to the existing clusters in Sarawak.

There were 22 active clusters in the state at present namely, Jan Yong and Gelong in Kapit; Geronggang, Mas Merah and Pasai in Sibu with an addition of a sub cluster called Tangap in Subis; Univista in Samarahan; Kampung Sungai Maong, Indah Riang and Stutong in Kuching; Kidurong Dua and Jun Heng in Bintulu; Nanga Lijan in Julau; Seruas in Beluru; Sebangkoi in Sri Aman; Bintang Daily in Meradong; Jalan Pengiran in Matu; Tabong in Bau; Bedayan in Serian; Rakut, Jelita and Bah Sayap in Miri; and Bukit Sekubong in Sebauh.

Recovered and discharged cases

SDMC also said 154 cases had recovered and been discharged from hospitals today– 70 from Sibu Hospital, 25 from Sarikei Hospital, 20 from Bintulu Hospital, 18 from PKRC under Kapit Hospital, 13 from Miri Hospital, seven from Sarawak General Hospital (SGH), and one from Limbang Hospital.

“This brings the total number of recovered and discharged cases to 5,358 or 72.16 percent of total Covid-19 cases in Sarawak,” it pointed out.

The same day also reported that there were 1,971 individuals still undergoing treatment at hospital isolation wards in the state – 1,080 in Sibu Hospital, Miri Hospital (310), PKRC under Kapit Hospital (200), SGH (175), Bintulu Hospital (148), Sarikei Hospital (55), Limbang Hospital (one), PKRC Sri Aman (one) and PKRC Lawas (one).

The state also recorded 263 new person-under-investigation (PUI) cases while three PUIs are still awaiting laboratory results.

Zone status

Sri Aman District has changed status from orange to yellow today after reporting only 16 cases of local infection in the last 14 days.

Meanwhile, Kuching, Samarahan, Julau, Subis, Beluru, Kapit, Song, Dalat, Bintulu, Kanowit, Miri and Sibu districts remain in red with a total of 2,157 cases of local infection reported in the last 14 days.

In orange is Lundu district with 28 cases of local infection reported in the same period.

The districts of Bau, Matu, Selangau, Betong, Saratok, Sarikei, Sebauh, Lawas, Bukit Mabong, Tatau, Pakan, Serian, Belaga and Meradong retained their yellow status with a total of 84 local infections reported in the last 14 days.

Twelve other districts are green.

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