By Chew Lip Song
SARAWAK recorded seven of the nine new Covid-19 cases nationwide today, with one new cluster identified in the state which has declared a second wave of the pandemic.
Six of Sarawak’s new cases were reported in Kuching while the remaining one in Bintulu.
Of the seven new cases, two were imported. They involve Malaysians returning from Indonesia and Singapore respectively, the state disaster management committee said in a statement today.
Another newly discovered case is a close contact of a patient from the Mambong cluster. The latest patient is asymptomatic and this brings the total positive case from the cluster to five.
Other cases include a foreigner who went for a Covid-19 screening at the Batu Kawah health clinic before returning to her home country. The patient did not have a recent overseas travel history.
An elderly patient residing in Kuching also tested positive for Covid-19 following a screening prior to a bronchoscopy examination.
The SDMC also declared Pasar Stutong as a new cluster, where two positive cases were confirmed today. This brings to seven the number of active clusters in the state. The duo were part of the 56 traders who were screened in the market recently.
All 200-odd traders there would be screened soon. The market has been closed for disinfection.
Nationwide, there are now 8,764 cases with active cases at 96.
Five patients have been discharged over the past 24 hours from noon today, with total recoveries at 8,546 or 97.5 per cent of all cases.
Yesterday, SDMC chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas declared a second wave of the pandemic in Sarawak following the discovery of 10 new cases.