Covid-19: Sarawak cases shoot up to highest ever single day tally

By S. Harrish

SARAWAK recorded its highest number of cases since the Covid-19 pandemic started in the country with 555 cases being reported today.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee chairman Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said there were also three deaths today.

Sarawak tops the list in Malaysia today, and it has recorded a total of 19,262 cases to date and the death toll stands at 120.

The previous high was on March 28 at 426, due to an outbreak at the Semuja Immigration Depot in Serian.

Sibu topped the list with 115 new cases followed by Bintulu (112), Miri (70), Kapit (61), Meradong (57), Mukah (46), Kuching (29), Sarikei (12), Beluru (8), Subis (8), Julau (7), Sri Aman (7), Asajaya (4), Samarahan (3), Saratok (3), Selangau (2), Tatau (2), Bukit Mabong (2), Song (1), Bau (1), Limbang (1), Sebauh (1), Betong (1), Belaga (1) and Serian (1).

Uggah said 416 cases were from quarantine centers, 138 from normal screenings and one imported case.

One new cluster was declared today – the Sungai Gemuan cluster in Meradong.

Two of the deaths involved Sarawakians while the other was a Filipino.

Meanwhile, the health ministry reported 1,854 Covid-19 cases and five deaths nationwide in the past 24 hours.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there were 1,247 recoveries, bringing the total number of discharges to 341,489.

The total number of infections now stands at 357,607, with 14,805 active cases.

There are 169 patients in the ICU, with 79 on respirators.

The five deaths take the number of fatalities to 1,313.

After Sarawak, Selangor recorded the most cases with 403, followed by Penang (176), Kelantan (143) and Sabah (139).