By S. Harrish
THE CMCO in Sarawak will be extended until March 29 as the number of Covid-19 cases are still high in the state.
State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said the decision was made after authorities assessed the situation.
The CMCO was originally scheduled to end on March 15.
He said there were 173 cases today in Sarawak, with 18 districts recording new infections.
Sibu had 71 cases, followed Miri (19), Bintulu (16), Kuching (15), Meradong (10), Serian (9), Julau (7), Kapit (5), Tanjung Manis (5), Betong (3), Belaga (2), Mukah (2), Sri Aman (2), Subis (2), Telang Usan (2), Dalat (1), Samarahan (1) and Sarikei (1).
SDMC said 106 of the cases were from close contact screenings.
Uggah also said that of the 173 cases, only 19 individuals or 11% showed Covid-19 symptoms during screening.
Meanwhile, the Health Ministry reported 1,575 Covid-19 cases and three deaths nationwide in the past 24 hours.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there were 2,042 recoveries, bringing the total number of discharges to 302,662.
The total number of infections now stands at 320,939, with 17,074 active cases.
There are 147 patients in the ICU, with 67 on respirators.
The three deaths raise the number of fatalities to 1,203. Two of them are Malaysians, both aged 69.
The other fatality is a 59-year-old foreigner. All had existing medical conditions.
Dr Noor Hisham said Selangor had the most number of infections at 751 cases, followed by Sarawak (173), Johor (135), Penang (132), Kuala Lumpur (108), Sabah (57), Perak (44), Kelantan (43), Negeri Sembilan (32), Malacca (25), Perlis (25), Kedah (23), Terengganu (16), Pahang (4), Putrajaya (4) and Labuan (3).
He said 10 new Covid-19 clusters were detected today, with five of them being workplace clusters and the remaining five are community clusters.