Covid-19: New cases below 1,000, Sarawak records two

By S. Harrish

THE country’s Covid-19 infections reduced to three digits today after yesterday’s highest ever daily cases.

The health ministry reported 970 Covid-19 cases and four deaths in the past 24 hours.

Health Ministry director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there were record number of recoveries today at 2,348, bringing the total number of discharges to 46,501.

He said the new cases bring the total number of infections in the country to 59,817.

Meanwhile, the four deaths bring the death toll to 345.

The number of cases in Selangor dropped drastically today with only 115 cases.

Negeri Sembilan registered the highest number of cases with 318, followed by Sabah (293) and Perak (80).

Five new Covid-19 clusters were detected – the D’Bajaru cluster in Sabah; Gangsa cluster in Selangor; Batu Tujuh and Tanjung Bunga clusters in Johor; and Kerengga cluster in Terengganu.

Meanwhile, Sarawak recorded two new imported cases in Sibu today, bringing the total number of positive cases in the state to 1,058.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said the cases involved two local men who had returned from Romania via Qatar.

The duo returned to Sarawak on Monday and RT-PCR tests found them positive.

It said they were among the Malaysian workers in the oil and gas industry in Romania, who were stranded and not paid their salaries.

“The Malaysian Embassy in Romania, the federal and state governments have been alerted of this issue and have managed to bring the workers back to the country,” it said.

SDMC also said Kuching was now an orange zone after recording less than 41 cases in the past two weeks.

Kuching district reported a total of 37 locally infected cases in the last 14 days.

Miri and Lawas remain as yellow zones while 37 other districts are classified as green zones.

SDMC said six clusters remain active in Kuching – Greenhill with 91 cases, Wisma Saberkas (44), Baki (33), Jalan Abell Cluster (15), Besi (12) and Seladah (9).