Eight new Covid-19 local infections in Sarawak, new cluster emerges

By Chew Lip Song

SARAWAK recorded eight new Covid-19 cases today, including four from the Sentosa cluster, the latest epicenter of the disease in the state which is now linked to a total of 20 cases.

The state also saw a new cluster, the Kuching construction company cluster, where the first case was first identified on July 11. The latest case from the cluster, which was reported today, had initially tested negative. The new patient was only tested positive during the second screening.

This brings the total Covid-19 cases in Sarawak to 649, with nine active clusters.

Nine patients who recovered were discharged today, bringing the total number of such patients to 561 (86.44 per cent) in the state.

A total 70 patients were still being treated in isolation wards, while the death rate remained at 18 (2.77 per cent).

Meanwhile, Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah will convene a special meeting in Kuching tomorrow to discuss the latest development of the Covid-19 pandemic in Kuching District.

He said the district had been experiencing spikes in positive cases lately.

“We have 39 positive cases today and with one more we will turn into a red zone from yellow now.

“When we turn red it reflects the seriousness of the situation and this warrants certain measures to be taken.

“Tomorrow’s meeting will be a special one to determine on these measures,” he said.

Uggah said whatever measures deliberated and determined would be conveyed to Kuala Lumpur and the Health Ministry.

Among the issues to be discussed would be possible travel bans.

Nationwide, health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 23 new cases were reported today, comprising six imported cases and 17 from local transmissions. This brings the total cases in Malaysia to 8,884. No new deaths were reported with the tally holding at 123.

Of the 17 local transmission cases, 10 were Malaysians, and seven foreigners.

Dr Noor Hisham also announced that 17 patients had been discharged today, pushing the total to 8,594.