Covid-19: Sarawak records 178 new cases, four deaths and two new clusters

By S. Harrish

THE number of new Covid-19 cases dropped today with 3,391 Covid-19 cases and 19 deaths being reported nationwide.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the total number of infections now stands at 234,874, with 48,751 active cases.

He said 310 patients were in the ICU with 134 on respirators.

There were 3,392 recoveries, bringing the total number of discharges to 185,278.

The 19 deaths bring the number of fatalities to 845. It involved 17 Malaysians and two foreigners.

Selangor had the highest number of cases with 1,228, followed by Johor (598), Kuala Lumpur (395), Sabah (196), Sarawak (178), Penang (149), Malacca (141), Negeri Sembilan (116), Perak (92), Kedah (91), Terengganu (84), Kelantan (58), Pahang (51), Labuan (7), Putrajaya (6) and Perlis (1).

Meanwhile, Sarawak Disaster Management Committee said four deaths were reported in the state and this raises the Covid-19 death toll to 48.

All the deaths were in Sibu.

Sibu has now recorded 21 deaths, the highest among Sarawak districts, followed by Kuching (12), Miri (5), Samarahan (5), Kanowit (2) and one each in Song, Sri Aman and Limbang.

The fatalities reported today involved victims aged 60, 79, 82, and 95. Three of them had medical history of illnesses.

SDMC said the 178 new cases raised the state’s tally to 5,272.

Sibu had 67 cases, with 28 linked to the Pasai Cluster.

Bintulu had 24 cases, followed by Dalat (23), Kanowit (21), Kapit (10), Miri (6), Song (5), Samarahan (5), Kuching (3), Matu (3), Selangau (2), Sebauh (2) and Beluru (2).

Sarikei, Bau, Subis, Julau and Lawas had one case each.

SDMC said two new Covid-19 clusters were detected in the state – the Sebangkoi Cluster in Sri Aman and Jun Heng Cluster in Bintulu.

The Sebangkoi Cluster is a community cluster that started from a family and spread in Sebangkoi area, Undop in Sri Aman.

A total of 197 individuals have been screened, with 21 positive cases.

The Jun Heng Cluster is also a community cluster involving several shopping malls in Bintulu.

A total of 102 individuals have been screened, with 19 positive cases.

SDMC said the Pasai Cluster remains the largest, with 65 new cases today, bringing the total of cases to 2,211.