Covid-19: Sarawak’s red zones record more than 7,000 cases in two weeks

By S. Harrish

SARAWAK recorded 356 new Covid-19 cases and two more deaths with red zones in the state continuing to record a high number of cases.

State Disaster Management Committee said 63% of today’s cases were detected in Miri, Sibu, Kuching, Sebauh and Selangau districts.

It said 24 districts were now classified as red zones after recording more than 40 new cases in the past 14 days.

These areas have recorded a total of 7,197 local cases in the past two weeks.

On today’s cases, Miri recorded the most cases with 80, followed by Sibu (74), Kuching (29), Sebauh (21), Selangau (20), Kapit (18), Pakan (16), Meradong (16), Subis (15), Bintulu (13), Sarikei (12) and Song (11).

Twelve other districts recorded single-digit cases, bringing Sarawak’s total number of cases to 32,047.

SDMC said the two deaths were in Bintulu and Sibu, raising the state’s tally to 184.

It also announced that three longhouses have been placed under Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO).

They are Rh Ukam in Nanga Engkamop, Julau, Rh Sibat in Penurin, Betong and Rh Robert in Ulu Paoh, Sarikei.

It also extended the EMCO for another three longhouses – Rh Mut, Nanga Maong in Sungai Mujok, Julau, Rh Malong, Sungai Melaban, in Sare, Sarikei and Rh Nyawin, Sg Rian in Bintangor, Meradong.

Nationwide, the health ministry reported 2,500 Covid-19 cases and 18 deaths.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the total number of infections now stands at 417,512, with 30,753 active cases.

There are 352 patients in the ICU, with 186 on ventilators.

The 18 deaths, involving 17 Malaysians and one foreigner, bring the number of fatalities to 1,551.

The victims were aged between 29 and 87. All but two of them had existing medical conditions.

Selangor had the most cases with 637, followed by Kelantan (401), Sarawak (356), Johor (205), Kuala Lumpur (200), Penang (194), Kedah (103), Negeri Sembilan (97), Malacca (95), Perak (59), Sabah (57), Pahang (55), Terengganu (38) and Putrajaya (3).