By S. Harrish
SARAWAK recorded the highest number of Covid-19 cases among states in country for the first time with a record breaking 407 cases.
State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said Serian recorded the most number of cases with 140 infections, of which 138 are detainees at Simuja immigration depot.
He said Sibu had 65 cases, followed by Miri (49), Betong (40),
Bintulu (26), Sri Aman (23), Kuching (19), Samarahan (11), Kapit (10), Song (6), Subis (5), Meradong (4), Lundu (3), Julau (2), Kanowit (2), Dalat (1) and Limbang (1).
The total number of positive cases in Sarawak now stands at 13,820.
Uggah said there was a death in the state, bringing the fatalities to 96.
It involved a 55-year-old male Sarawakian in Sibu, who was detected in a screening at a high-risk area.
He was receiving treatment in the Sibu Hospital, but his condition deteriorated and he died yesterday.
Uggah said 221 cases of the 407 cases today were from existing clusters and another 161 were detected from close contact tracings.
The others were from normal screenings.
SDMC also said that it will conduct an investigation over allegations of negligence in complying with SOPs when admitting new detainees at the Simuja depot.
Uggah said the allegations were disturbing and a cause for grave concern.
“We will leave no stones unturned in our investigation as such negligence, if proven true, will certainly jeopardise everyone’s health.
“Do not take things for granted as any negligence can result in devastating consequences.” he added.
Meanwhile, the health ministry reported 1,576 Covid-19 cases and two deaths nationwide.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there were 1,996 recoveries, bringing the total number of discharges to 314,457.
The total number of infections now stands at 330,042, with 14,360 active cases.
There are 151 patients in the ICU, with 57 on respirators.
The two deaths bring the number of fatalities to 1,225.
Both are Malaysian men aged 55 and 71.
Selangor had the second highest number of infections after Sarawak, with 348 cases, followed by Penang (182), Kuala Lumpur (175) and Johor (137).