Covid-19: Sarawak records 2 new cases, total now 706

By Chew Lip Song

SARAWAK today reported two new Covid-19 cases, both involving frontliners working at a border post next to Sabah in Merapok, Lawas. This brings the total number of cases in the state to 706.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a statement today said the duo were tested on Sept 20 as they were suspected to have come into close contact with Covid-19 patients. Their results came back positive yesterday.

“One of them had shown early stage of Covide-19 symptoms on Sept 7. The other patient was asymptomatic. Both have been referred to the Miri Hospital for further treatment,” the SDMC added.

Both also did not have an overseas travel history nor had they visited any of the Covid-19 red zones in Sabah.

No new deaths were reported in Sarawak today, with the total remaining at 19.

Meanwhile, 150 new cases were reported nationwide, of which 146 were local infections. This brings the total cases in the country to 10,919, Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said today.

One new death, from Sabah, was also reported, with the toll now at 134 cases.

Sabah also reported the highest number of new infections, at 124, with two new clusters reported there.

Nationwide, a total of 950 people are still being treated, of whom six are in intensive care units, with four requiring respiratory assistance.