By S. Harrish
SARAWAK recorded 124 new Covid-19 cases and zero deaths today with Samarahan now turning into a red zone.
State Disaster Management Committee said Sibu had the most cases with 38 infections, followed by Miri (20), Samarahan (16), Bintulu (14), Kuching (13), Tanjung Manis (7), Kapit (5), Julau (3) and Selangau (3).
There was one case each in Serian, Sarikei, Sebauh, Saratok and Telang Usan.
SDMC said a new Covid-19 cluster has also been detected – the Rajang Cluster – following a mass infection of 29 people.
It started with a 55-year-old woman from Sarikei who attended a funeral in Kampung Rajang, Tanjung Manis, Mukah.
According to the SDMC, the virus spread happened from a funeral ceremony and kenduri tahlil prayers on March 3.
The following day on March 4, she was found positive during an active case detection in Sarikei.
The cluster now involves individuals from Tanjung Manis, Sarikei and Kuching. A total of 271 individuals have been screened so far.
All the cases have been admitted to hospitals and low risk quarantine centres in Mukah, Sarikei, Sibu, Bintulu and also in Kuching.
Meanwhile, the Covid-19 situation in Samarahan has worsened, with the district declared as a red zone after 48 cases were reported in the past two weeks.
On the other end, Beluru has returned to being a green zone after no cases were reported in the past 14 days.
Nationwide, the health ministry reported 1,116 Covid-19 cases and five deaths today.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there were 1,495 recoveries, bringing the total number of discharges to 318,784.
The total number of infections now stands at 334,156, with 14,134 active cases.
There are 156 patients in the ICU, with 60 on respirators.
The five deaths raises the death toll to 1,238. It involves four Malaysians and one foreigner, aged between 44 and 84.
All but one suffered from existing medical conditions.
Selangor had the most number of infections with 403 cases, followed by Kuala Lumpur (158), Sarawak (124), Penang (88), Johor (86), Kelantan (44), Pahang (42), Negeri Sembilan (41), Perak (39), Sabah (36), Kedah (27), Malacca (12), Labuan (eight), Putrajaya (five) and Terengganu (three).