Covid-19: Almost 35% of country’s new cases today are in Sarawak

By S. Harrish

SARAWAK has recorded its highest ever number of Covid-19 cases in a single day with 607 infections reported today.

The Health Ministry said there were 1,767 Covid-19 cases nationwide in the past 24 hours and Sarawak topped the list.

There were 12 deaths nationwide, with four deaths reported in Sarawak.

Mukah had 52 cases, Miri (49), Kapit (33), Meradong (29), Saratok (23), Samarahan (14), Sarikei (14), Betong (8), Bukit Mabong (8), Selangau (8), Subis (8), Dalat (5), Kanowit (3), Matu (3), Julau (2), Serian (2), Sri Aman (2), Asajaya (1), and Beluru (1).

Meanwhile, the Pasai Cluster — the largest Covid-19 cluster in Sarawak — was declared to have ended today.

The State Disaster Management Committee said the cluster recorded a total of 2,693 cases and 29 deaths.

It started in a longhouse in Sibu on Jan 9 after 38 positive cases were detected.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the total number of infections now stands at 363,940.

Sarawak was followed by Selangor with 483 cases, Kuala Lumpur (133), Sabah (117), Kelantan (103), Penang (92), Johor (74), Kedah (39), Perak (36), Negeri Sembilan (29), Malacca (17), Pahang (14), Terengganu (13), Putrajaya (seven) and Labuan (three).

There were no cases in Perlis.

Meanwhile, Bernama reports that about 500 Health Ministry staff will be mobilised to Sarawak to help contain the surge in Covid-19 cases in the state.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said the staff will include doctors, nurses, medical assistants, laboratory officers and radiologists from other states as well as green zones in Sarawak.

“When we do contact tracing in interior areas of the outbreak, we need many personnel to do the screening,” he told reporters after visiting the vaccination centre at Stadium Perpaduan in Kuching today.

On the infectivity rate (Rt) in Sarawak, Dr Adham said it increased to 1.1 today, from 1.08 yesterday.

Based on the monitoring and analysis carried out so far, he said the increasing trend in Covid-19 cases in Sarawak began on Jan 9.

On the visit to the vaccination centre, Dr Adham said Sarawak was capable of handling vaccinations for up to 40,000 people a day.