By S. Harrish
WITH the number of cases in Sarawak still remaining high, the state has extended the CMCO by another 14 days.
State Disaster Management Committee said the decision was based on the current situation and assessment on the number of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak.
SDMC also announced that two areas in Serian district were now placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO).
Kpg Chupak started its EMCO on March 25 and will last until Apr 7 while Kampung Batu Gong started its EMCO from March 26 until Apr 8.
A new cluster – Batu Gong – was also declared today.
Meanwhile, Sarawak today recorded 213 new Covid-19 cases and no fatalities, bringing the state’s total to 15,176 cases and 101 deaths.
Bintulu had the most number of cases with 46 cases, followed by Miri (39), Sibu (35), Kuching (23), Serian (23), Kapit (14), Samarahan (11), Julau (8), Sarikei (6), Sri Aman (6), Limbang (1) and Tebedu (1).
Of the 213 cases, only 31 showed symptoms of the coronavirus.
Earlier today, State Health Director Dr Chin Zin Hing said social gatherings and funerals were among the main reasons for the increase in the number of Covid-19 cases and clusters in Sarawak.
He said those attending funerals led to five clusters, one each in Kuching, Sibu, Pusa, Tanjung Manis and Kapit.
They account for 3,360 cases or 22.46% of the total cases in Sarawak.
Dr Chin said social gatherings led to 26 clusters – Kuching (4), Meradong (4), Julau (3), Serian (2), Samarahan (2), Sri Aman (2), Sibu (2), Miri (2), and one each in Bau, Betong, Selangau, Kapit and Beluru.
These clusters account for 1,625 cases or 10.86%.
Nationwide, Malaysia recorded fewer than 2,000 new cases for the 20th day in a row after 1,275 cases and one fatality were reported today.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there were 1,509 recoveries in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries to 323,925, adding that the death toll was now 1,249 while the total number of active cases was at 14,269.
The total number of cases is now 339,443.
Of today’s cases, 1,243 involved local transmissions while only 32 were imported cases.
Meanwhile, 161 cases are being treated in the intensive care units, with 70 of them requiring ventilator support.
Selangor remained the state with the highest number of cases at 478; followed by Sarawak (213); Johor (120); Penang (137); Kelantan (86) and Kuala Lumpur (86).
Sabah had 51 cases, Perak (28), Kedah (27), Malacca (19), Negeri Sembilan (12), Pahang (six), Labuan (five), Terengganu (three), Perlis (2) and Putrajaya (2).
Dr Noor Hisham said 13 new clusters were detected today involving 11 workplace clusters and two community clusters – Batu Gong (Sarawak) and Pengkalan Nangka Tumpat (Kelantan).
This takes the total number of clusters in Malaysia to 1,335, of which 393 are still active while 14 clusters ended today.