By S. Harrish
THE CMCO in Sarawak has been extended for another two weeks as the number of cases in the state is still high.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the CMCO was scheduled to end on March 1 but will now be extended until March 15.
“Based on risk assessments by the Health Ministry, there is still an increase in cases in Sarawak, with 2,623 cases recorded in 14 days, from Feb 12 to 25,” he said in a statement today.
He also announced that Sentosa Timur Fasa 2 settlement in Sibu will be placed under EMCO starting from Feb 27 to March 12.
“To date, 59 positive cases were reported at the settlement.
“Hence, the EMCO will enable the Health Ministry to conduct targeted screening on 2,500 residents and prevent further infection in the community.”
Meanwhile, Sarawak recorded 250 new Covid-19 cases along with two deaths today.
The State Disaster Management Committee said the first fatality involved a 59-year-old man who died in Betong Hospital while the second case was in Bintulu Hospital, involving a 54-year-old man.
The fatalities bring the death toll in Sarawak to 80, while the total number of cases is now 8,869 cases.
Sibu had 104 cases, followed by Kuching (43), Kapit (39), Meradong (13), Bintulu (10), Betong (9), Miri (8), Samarahan (4), Sebauh (3), Subis (3), Julau (2), Dalat (2), Beluru (2), Selangau (2), Bau (2), Asajaya (1), Serian (1), Saratok (1) and Song (1).
Nationwide, there were 2,253 Covid-19 cases and 11 deaths in the past 24 hours.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there were 3,085 recoveries, bringing the total number of discharges to 266,846, which amounted to 90% of cases.
He said the total number of infections now stands at 295,951, with 27,994 active cases.
There are 201 patients in the ICU, with 93 on respirators.
The 11 fatalities raise the death toll to 1,111.
Eight of today’s fatalities involved Malaysians. The youngest is a 36-year-old man in Kuala Lumpur and the oldest are two 78-year-old men in KL and Johor.
Selangor had the highest number of infections with 633, followed by Perak (545), Johor (276), Sarawak (250), Sabah (129), Kuala Lumpur (122), Penang (93), Kelantan (73), Negeri Sembilan (68), Kedah (25), Pahang (21), Malacca (13), Perlis (4) and Terengganu (1).
The ministry also announced that 16 clusters ended today while 10 new clusters were detected.