By S. Harrish
AS the nationwide Covid-19 tally stayed below 2,000 for the third straight day, Sarawak recorded 252 new cases and one fatality.
The State Disaster Management Committee said Sibu had the highest number of cases with 149 followed by Bintulu (23), Miri (17), Subis (13), Kuching (7), Mukah (7), Betong (6), Sarikei (6), Sebauh (6), Kanowit (5), Kapit (5), Julau (2), and Meradong (2).
Belaga, Beluru Samarahan and Tatau recorded one case each, raising Sarawak’s total number of cases to 11,348.
SDMC said the death involved a 66-year-old Sarawakian man who was admitted to the Kapit Hospital after suffering from lethargy, fever and cough.
He tested positive on March 1 and died on Saturday, bringing the state’s death toll to 88.
SDMC said that 109 cases were from the Sibujaya Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) area.
All the 149 cases in Sibu were asymptomatic as with 13 cases each in Bintulu, Miri and Subis.
Meanwhile, the Health Ministry reported 1,529 Covid-19 cases and eight deaths nationwide in the last 24 hours.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the total number of infections now stands at 314,989, with 19,778 active cases.
There are 160 patients in the ICU, with 79 on respirators.
The eight deaths bring the number of fatalities to 1,177.
Seven were Malaysians and the other a foreigner, with the youngest aged 61 and the oldest an 89-year-old man from Sabah.
Seven of them suffered from existing medical conditions.
Selangor recorded the highest number of infections with 726 cases, followed by Sarawak (252), Johor (120), Negeri Sembilan (89), Penang (76), Sabah (71), Kuala Lumpur (71), Perak (49), Kelantan (28), Perlis (17), Terengganu (13), Kedah (nine), Melaka (four), Pahang (three) and one in Putrajaya.
Of the new cases, 1,177 involved Malaysians and 343 are foreigners.