Covid-19: Only 17 out of 251 new cases in Sarawak showed symptoms

By S. Harrish

SARAWAK recorded 251 new Covid-19 cases and one death today.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said Sibu recorded the highest number of cases with 65 followed by Miri (40), Bintulu (36), Betong (23), Kuching (22), Julau (22) and Song (14).

Kapit had eight cases, followed by Subis (8), Bau (4), Meradong (4), Sarikei (3), Samarahan (2) and Serian (1).

This bring the total number of cases in Sarawak to 12,702 cases.

Of the new cases today, only 17 had showed symptoms of Covid-19 infection during screenings.

SDMC said the fatality involved a 64-year-old Sarawakian woman who died in Sibu Hospital yesterday.

She had a history of chronic kidney disease, hypertension and gout.

A new Covid-19 cluster was also detected today in Bintulu.

Dubbed the Jalan Tanjung Cluster, it was linked to a supermarket in Jalan Tanjung in Kidurong.

The index case involves a local woman aged 27, who is an employee at the supermarket.

So far, 19 cases have been linked to the cluster with 127 people tested.

The state Health Department has also declared the end of the Tabong Cluster in Bau today after no new cases were reported in the last 28 days.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry reported 1,208 Covid-19 cases, and three deaths nationwide today.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Sarawak had the second highest number of cases after Selangor, which reported 371 cases.

He said the total number of infections now stands at 324,971 cases, with 15,511 active cases.

There are 155 patients in ICU, with 70 on respirators.

The three deaths bring the number of fatalities to 1,213.

Two are Malaysians aged between 55 and 64, with both having existing medical conditions.

Penang had the third highest number of cases with 142 infections, followed by Johor (118), Negeri Sembilan (80), Kuala Lumpur (61), Perak (37), Terengganu (39), Sabah (29), Kedah (27), Kelantan (25), Pahang (17), Malacca (two) and Putrajaya (one).