Covid-19: Sarawak records 184 cases; new cluster detected in Julau longhouse

By S. Harrish

THERE were 3,384 Covid-19 cases and 13 deaths nationwide over the last 24 hours.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the total number of infections now stands at 254,988, with 51,783 active cases.

He said 259 patients are in the ICU with 122 on respirators.

The 13 deaths bring the number of fatalities to 936.

Selangor had 1,082 cases, followed by Johor (777), Kuala Lumpur (435), Kedah (228) and Sarawak (184).

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said there was also one death in the state, bringing the total fatalities in the state to 56.

The latest fatality involved a 70-year-old Sarawakian man who was admitted to the Sibu Hospital on Jan 23 with breathing problems. He was suffering from blood cancer.

He tested positive for Covid-19 on Feb 2, and his health continued to deteriorate and he died yesterday.

Of the new cases today, Sibu had 57 cases, followed by Subis (31), Kapit (24), Julau (18), Sri Aman (10), Kuching (6), Bintulu (6), Miri (5), Pakan (4) and Kanowit (2).

Saratok, Limbang and Matu had one case each. Sarawak’s Covid-19 tally now stands at 6,190 cases.

SDMC also said a new cluster called the Nanga Lijan Cluster had been detected in Julau.

The cluster involves the longhouse Rumah Banyang in Nanga Lijan in the district.

The index case for this cluster is a local man who was screened at the Julau health clinic on Feb 1 after suffering from fever and coughing since Jan 27.

SDMC said the longhouse has also been put under Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) beginning Feb 8 for 14 days.

Through close contact screening, 22 more positive cases were detected in this cluster.