Covid-19: Sibu’s Pasai cluster nearing 1,000 cases

By Emma Victoria

THERE were 3,170 new Covid-19 cases and 12 deaths nationwide in the past 24 hours.

Of that, Sarawak had 132 cases and one death.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the total number of infections now stands at 172,549 with 41,755 active cases and a record 260 patients in the ICU.

He said 103 of them are on respirators.

The 12 deaths bring the number of fatalities to 642.

Kuala Lumpur had the highest number of cases with 576 cases, followed by Selangor (545), Johor (423) and Sabah (401).

Sixteen new Covid-19 clusters have also been detected, involving Perak, Sabah, Johor, Kedah, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Penang and Terengganu.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee in a statement said the death involved a 51-year-old man who was admitted to the Miri Hospital on Jan 18 after he suffered from breathing difficulties.

“He was tested positive yesterday and died the same day,” the committee said.

“He also suffered from end-stage renal failure which required dialysis treatment.”

Meanwhile, the Pasai Cluster reported with highest number of cases today with 88 cases, reaching a total of 982 cases so far.

Sibu had a total of 62 cases followed by Kanowit (46), Bintulu (12), Miri (5), Kuching (3) and one each in Dalat, Lubok Antu, Serian and Selangau.

Currently, there are eight active clusters in Sarawak. The others are Rakut, Bukit Sekubong, Jelita, Keranji Tabuan, Bah Sayap, Stutong  and Mador.

To date, Sarawak has reported 2,702 cases, including 22 deaths.

In related development, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said all food outlets in MCO areas will be able to operate until 10pm starting tomorrow.

However, only take-ways and deliveries are allowed.

He also said that the MCO had been streamlined for the whole nation, except Sarawak, with its extension to Feb 4.