Covid-19: Sarawak highest again with two new clusters and two more areas under EMCO

By S. Harrish

SARAWAK again recorded the highest number of cases in the country today with 332 Covid-19 cases and two deaths.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said there were also two new clusters and two areas in the state have been placed under enhanced movement control order (EMCO).

Meradong had the most number of cases with 121, followed by Bintulu (48), Miri (43), Sibu (36), Kuching (24), Samarahan (13), Julau (6), Asajaya (4), Beluru (4), Daro (4), Sarikei (4), Serian (4), Sri Aman (4), Betong (3), Kapit (3), Mukah (3), Sebauh (2) and Subis (2).

Belaga, Dalat, Limbang and Tebedu districts recorded one new case each, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 18,496.

On the fatalities, SDMC said they involved a 61-year-old Sarawakian man and an 86-year-old Sarawakian woman.

The deaths were in the Sibu Hospital, with both having existing medical conditions.

The deaths raises the state’s Covid-19 death toll to 116.

SDMC said that of the new cases today, only 47 had symptoms of the virus during testing.

It said 161 cases were detected from existing active clusters and 114 cases from close contact screenings while the rests were from other screenings, including four import cases.

Sarawak has also reported two new Covid-19 clusters in Beluru and Meradong.

This brings the number of active clusters in the state to 42.

The two new clusters are the Jalan Bangunan Kerajaan Cluster in Beluru and the Sungai Kawi Cluster in Meradong, with six and 119 cases respectively.

SDMC also announced that EMCO will be implemented at Kampung Serpan Laut in Asajaya and Sri Aman prison and staff quarters in Sri Aman from Apr 8 until April 21.

The move was decided after the number of cases in these two areas spiked.

Meanwhile, the health ministry reported 1,139 Covid-19 cases and four deaths in the past 24 hours.

Health director-general Tan Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there were 1,199 recoveries, bringing the total number of discharges to 339,067.

He said the total number of infections now stood at 354,468, with 14,097 active cases.

There are 194 patients in the ICU, with 86 on respirators.

The four deaths bring the number of fatalities to 1,304. All involved Malaysians, aged between 61 and 87, with existing medical conditions.

After Sarawak, Selangor had the most number of cases with 294 cases, followed by Johor (102), Penang (93), Kuala Lumpur (84), Sabah (60), Kelantan (38), Kedah (35), Negeri Sembilan (30), Perak (24), Pahang (23), Malacca (13), Terengganu (10) and Labuan (one).