State records 424 cases

KUCHING: Sarawak recorded 424 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, pushing the state’s total to 66,985.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said that of the total, 318 or 75 percent were detected in five districts, namely, Miri, Kuching, Telang Usan, Meradong and Sibu.

It said of the 120 new positive cases recorded in Miri, 113 or 94.17 percent were detected through targeted screening of workers from a plywood factory in Kuala Baram.

“Of the 113 cases, 107 were non-citizens while six were Sarawakians. The factory workers’ quarters were placed under the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) from July 1 to 15. 210 residents were involved.

“The Industri 121 cluster, Kuala Baram involving the cases from this factory was also declared.

“A premises closure notice for 14 days from July 5 to 19 and a compound amounting to RM10,000 were issued to the factory’s management.

“It had failed to ensure that less than 50 percent of employees were working, as stipulated by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminal and Entrepreneur Development,” the SDMC said.

It added that the Kuching district accounted for 92 new positive Covid-19 cases, Telang Usan 40, Meradong 34, Sibu 32, Sri Aman 19 and Kanowit 14 while Selangau and Bintulu recorded eight new cases respectively.

Seven new cases were recorded in Sarikei, Mukah and Bau respectively while six in Tatau; five in Kabong; five in Bukit Mabong; four in Subis; four in Samarahan; three in Kapit; three in Serian and two in Lundu. 

Julau, Belaga, Song and Saratok recorded one new case each respectively.

Sarawak yesterday also recorded 322 new recoveries and discharges from hospitals and low-risk treatment centres (PKRCs) statewide.

Of these, 83 were from the Sarawak General Hospital and its PKRC; 61 from the Sibu Hospital and its PKRC; 53 from the Bintulu Hospital and its PKRC; 52

from the Miri Hospital and its PKRC; 24 from the Sarikei Hospital and its PKRC; 17 from PKRC Betong (17), 10 from the Sri Aman Hospital and PKRC Sri Aman; eight from PKRC Mukah; seven from the Kapit Hospital and its PKRC as well as seven from PKRC Serian (seven).

These bring the total number of recovered and discharged cases so far to 56,374 or 84.16 percent from the total number of cases in Sarawak.

There are 10,037 people still undergoing treatment at PKRCs and hospital isolation wards in the state.