By S. Harrish
MALAYSIA recorded its highest number of daily new cases today with 3,337 infections while Sarawak also recorded its highest ever daily tally with 180 new cases.
There were also 15 deaths today, bringing the total number of deaths nationwide to 578.
Most of the new Sarawak infections are in Sibu, which recorded 150 cases, bringing its two-week total to 439 cases.
Following the drastic rise, the State has announced a lockdown for the Sibu division that comprises the districts of Sibu, Kanowit and Selangau.
Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said the Movement Control Order (MCO) will be for two weeks starting this Saturday (Jan 16) until Jan 29.
The SOPs on the MCO will be announced tomorrow but during the previous MCO, all non-essential sectors and schools were closed.
SDMC said neighbouring Sarikei division will remain under CMCO.
It said that out of the 150 new cases in Sibu, 148 of them were linked to the Pasai Cluster.
The cluster is said to have started after a funeral in one of the longhouses in Pasai Siong, Sibu with the index case identified as a woman coming back from Johor.
Meanwhile Miri had nine cases, Bintulu (4), Kuching (4), Dalat (3), Simunjan (2) and Sebauh (2).
Limbang, Lubok Antu, Samarahan, Tebedu, Betong and Sarikei districts had one case each.
The total number of cases in Sarawak now stands at 1,920 cases while the nationwide tally is 147,855 cases.
The Health Ministry said 32,377 of them were active cases with 195 patients in the ICU while 86 are on respirators.
Selangor had the highest number of cases with 1,036 infections, followed by Johor (460), Sabah (389), Kuala Lumpur (257) and Penang (234).
There were 1,710 recoveries, bringing the total number of discharges to 113,288 cases.