Covid-19: Highest daily tally in Sarawak as half of all districts report cases

By S. Harrish

SARAWAK registered its highest ever daily new cases of Covid-19 with 270 infections while two more deaths were recorded.

Nationwide, there were 4,571 new Covid-19 cases and 17 deaths in the past 24 hours.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said both deaths were in Sibu.

The first death involved a 60-year-old Sarawakian man who was admitted to the Sibu Hospital with breathing difficulties.

He was a close contact of a positive case, and was tested positive on Jan 24.

His condition worsened before succumbing to the infection today.

The man had a history of high blood pressure, gout and seborrhoeic dermatitis.

The other death involved a 79-year-old Sarawakian man who was also admitted to the Sibu Hospital after testing positive for Covid-19 on Jan 23.

Uggah said his condition worsened and he also died today.

He had a medical history of nasopharyngeal cancer for 20 years that had spread to the brain.

He said that of the 270 cases today, 96 cases were linked to the Pasai Cluster in Sibu.

The number of cases in the cluster now stands at 2,146.

Sibu had a total of 79 cases, followed by Beluru (74), Bintulu (23), Miri (17), Sri Aman (15), Matu (12), Selangau (10), Julau (6), Kanowit (5), Lundu (5), Bau (4), Kapit (4), Dalat (3), Meradong (3), Kuching (2), Sarikei (2), Song (2), Tatau (2), Sebauh (1) and Lawas (1).

This brings the total number of cases in Sarawak to 5,094.

Meanwhile, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the total number of infections now stands at 231,483, with 48,771 active cases.

He said 308 patients are in the ICU with 135 on respirators.

The 17 deaths bring the number of fatalities to 826.

Selangor had the highest number of cases again with 2,056, followed by Johor (664), Kuala Lumpur (481), Sarawak (270), Malacca (238), Sabah (175), Perak (163), Penang (157) and Negeri Sembilan (100).

They were followed by Pahang (78), Terengganu (69), Kedah (51), Kelantan (48), Putrajaya (20) and Labuan (one).

Perlis did not report any infections today.