Sarawak back as Covid-19 green state; Filipino who entered Sabah illegally starts new cluster

By Chew Lip Song

SARAWAK is back as a Covid-19 green state, after no locally transmitted case was reported over the past 14 days, while 58 new cases were reported nationwide, mostly from the Benteng LD cluster in Sabah.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said in a statement today that the Kuching, the sole district which was yellow prior to this, has became a green zone.

Today is also the third consecutive day of zero Covid-19 cases in Sarawak, with the cumulative positive cases in the state remaining at 700.

Meanwhile, of the 58 new cases nationwide, five were imported, comprising three locals and two foreigners, Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement today.

Of the 53 local transmission cases,  44 were from the Benteng LD cluster and four from the Laut cluster, both of which are from Sabah. The latter is a new cluster and the index case was a Filipino who entered the country illegally to visit his family  on Sept 5 in Kunak, Sabah.

The remaining five local transmission cases was from the Sungai cluster in Kedah.

No new deaths were reported, with the tally staying at 128 cases, while nine patients are being treated in intensive care units, five of whom require respiratory support.