Sarawak records highest daily Covid-19 tally as outbreak detected in Baram oil rig

By S. Harrish

SARAWAK recorded its highest daily tally of Covid-19 cases with 361 cases today.

Miri registered the most infections with 89 cases, mostly due to an outbreak at an oil and gas platform.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said there were 49 positive cases detected at the Baram oil and gas platform due to day-trippers failing to comply with SOPs.

He said SDMC has initiated an investigation over the issue and stern action will be taken against those responsible.

Uggah said this was the first time such a huge number of new cases was detected involving the oil and gas industry and it was because certain individuals had violated the SOP.

“This case happened because certain individuals did not comply with their quarantine orders and went to Miri town, then came back to their workplace.”

In other areas, Sibu had 73 cases, followed by Bintulu (71), Betong (60), Kuching (22), Subis (11), Sarikei (9), Mukah (8), Kapit (6), Selangau (4), Serian (4), Meradong (3) and Julau (1).

With the 361 new Covid-19 cases today, the total number of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak now stands at 10,424.

Uggah also announced that Anong and Beverly Hills rental houses at Batu 5, Taman Beverly Hills in Bintulu will be placed under Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) effective tomorrow until March 18.

He said this was due to the increasing number of Covid-19 cases at

the two areas.

Risk assessments done by SDMC led to the decision to implement the 14-day EMCO to stop further transmission of the virus.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry reported 2,063 new cases and five deaths nationwide.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there were 2,922 recoveries, bringing the total number of discharges to 283,629.

The total number of infections now stands at 307,943, with 23,161 active cases.

He said there were 193 patients in the ICU, with 99 on respirators.

The five deaths bring the number of fatalities to 1,153.

All were Malaysians between the ages of 70 and 79, and suffering from existing medical conditions.

Selangor recorded the highest number of infections with 630 cases, followed by Sarawak (361), Penang (337), Johor (255), Kuala Lumpur (120), Perak (101), Negeri Sembilan (91), Sabah (78), Kelantan (44), Pahang (13), Kedah (12), Terengganu (10), Putrajaya (seven), Malacca (three) and Perlis (one).