Covid-19: Sarawak records 419 new cases with three new clusters

By S. Harrish

SARAWAK had the highest number of cases in the country today with 419 new Covid-19 infections while a new cluster was detected in a Sri Aman prison.

State Disaster Management Committee chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said this cluster alone registered 159 cases in the Sri Aman district.

“It is not a widespread outbreak and is contained with only inmates infected in the Sri Aman prison,” he said.

This is the second highest single day tally in Sarawak after 426 new cases were reported on March 28 following an outbreak at Semuja Immigration Depot.

Uggah said 322 inmates have been screened so far, with 48% being positive.

He blamed the lack of social distancing for the spread of the virus there as up to 30 people were being crammed into cells.

There was one death today in the state, involving a 76-year-old local man in Bintulu.

A total of three new clusters were declared in Sarawak while one ended.

The new ones are the Sri Aman cluster, Sungai Mupong in Meradong and Sungai Rassau in Matu.

The Jalan Ho Pin cluster ended today.

Sarawak’s total number of cases is now 17,554 cases with 114 deaths.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry recorded 1,349 new cases and two deaths nationwide today.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there were 1,270 recoveries, bringing the total number of discharges to 335,162.

The total number of infections now stands at 350,959, with 14,509 active cases.

There are 186 patients in the ICU, with 94 on respirators.

The two deaths raise the death toll to 1,288.

After Sarawak, the states that had the highest number of cases are Selangor at 343 cases and Penang at 185 cases.

Of the 1,349 cases recorded today, only seven were imported while the remaining 1,342 comprised locally infected cases.