Covid-19: Almost 3,000 new cases nationwide, 166 in Sarawak

By S. Harrish

SARAWAK recorded its highest single day tally of new Covid-19 cases with 166 new infections.

Of these, 94 cases are in Sibu, 48 in Miri, 15 in Kuching, four in Beluru, three in Bintulu and one each in Belaga and Samarahan.

This brings the total number of cases in the state to 1,740.

Nationwide, there were 2,985 new Covid-19 cases and four deaths in the past 24 hours.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the total number of infections now stands at 144,518, with 32,377 of them being active cases.

He said 197 patients were in the ICU with 79 on respirators.

There were 994 recoveries, bringing the total number of discharges to 111,578.

The four deaths raises the toll to 563.

Dr Noor Hisham said 11 new Covid-19 clusters were detected in six states and Kuala Lumpur.

They are the Taman Integrasi and Jalan Ijuk clusters in Selangor; Jalan Rami, Kota and Tanjung Megah clusters in Johor; Jalan Kasturi and Jalan Thamby clusters in Kuala Lumpur; Taman Batik cluster in Kedah; Bukit Bakar cluster in Kelantan; Kampung Tengah cluster in Negeri Sembilan; and Malim Dialysis cluster in Malacca.

Selangor had the highest number of new cases with 837 cases, followed by Johor (535), Sabah (450) and Kuala Lumpur (289).

Meanwhile, Sarawak Disaster Management Committee said 88 cases in Sibu were from the Pasai Cluster.

In Miri, seven cases are those returning from Peninsula Malaysia.

Another is an imported case involving a Sarawakian returning from Brunei while 32 others are from other screenings.

Four cases are linked to the Bah Sayap Cluster, three from the Pasai Cluster, and one from the Stutong Cluster.

Ten of the 15 Kuching cases are those returning from Peninsular Malaysia.

Two cases are linked to the Stutong Cluster, one to the Keranji Tabuan Cluster while the other two are from normal screenings.