Covid-19: Three new clusters in Sarawak

By S.Harrish

SARAWAK recorded 176 new Covid-19 cases and one death today, bringing the state’s death toll to 108.

State Disaster Management Committee said the fatality involved a 57-year-old man, who tested positive for the virus on March 5.

He was admitted in Sibu Hospital but his health deteriorated and he passed away today.

Of the new cases, Sibu had 30, Kuching (29), Bintulu (25), Miri (19), Sarikei (13), Serian (11), Beluru (10), Meradong (8), Kapit (6), Matu (6), Julau (5), Samarahan (5), Sri Aman (5), Lawas (1), Marudi (1), Saratok (1) and Simunjan (1).

Sarawak’s total number of cases now stands at 16,390.

The State Health Department also declared three new clusters, comprising two workplace clusters in Miri and Sibu.

The other is a community cluster in Sarikei – the Jalan Baji cluster.

SDMC said the index case is a 16-year-old teenager who was screened on March 25 at Sarikei Health Clinic.

So far 28 people have been swabbed, with 19 testing positive.

Meanwhile, the health ministry reported 1,482 Covid-19 cases nationwide in the past 24 hours.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Selangor recorded the highest number of cases with 661 while Penang and Sarawak also recorded three-digit cases, with 200 and 176 cases respectively.

The new cases bring the total number of cases to 345,500, with 14,604 active cases.

There are 164 patients in the ICU, with 81 on respirators.

There were 1,070 recoveries, bringing the total number of discharges to 329,624.

The seven deaths bring the number of fatalities to 1,272.

The new cases involves 1,480 local infections and two imported cases, with 896 of them Malaysians and 584 foreigners.

Johor recorded 86 cases, followed by Sabah (69), Kelantan (57), Kuala Lumpur (42), Malacca (41), Kedah (37), Pahang (36), Negeri Sembilan (32), Perak (31), Labuan (eight), Putrajaya (three), Terengganu (two), and Perlis (one).