Sarawak reports 60 cases; lion dance, open house, not allowed during CNY

By Emma Victoria

AFTER four straight days of recording triple digit Covid-19 cases, Sarawak today registered only 60 cases.

Again it was mostly in Sibu with 43 cases there. Ten cases were recorded in Miri, five in Kuching and two in Kanowit.

Meanwhile, there were 3,211 new Covid-19 cases and eight deaths nationwide in the past 24 hours.

The Health Ministry said the total number of infections now stands at 151,006 with 35,253 of them being active cases.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 204 patients were in the ICU with 87 on respirators.

Meanwhile, the eight deaths raises the toll to 586.

He said there were 1,939 recoveries, bringing the total number of discharges to 115,227.

Selangor had the highest number cases with 889 cases, followed by Johor (535), Sabah (514) and Kuala Lumpur (401).

Meanwhile, SDMC chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said 48 of the cases in Sarawak were linked to the Pasai Cluster.

To date, Sarawak has reported a total of 1,980 cases, including 19 deaths.

SDMC also released Chinese New Year celebration’s SOPs today, where the celebration is restricted to the first day of the festival, with a maximum of 20 close family members.

According to the SOP, lion dance performances, open house events, house visits and reunion dinners at restaurants and hotels, bazaar, and other celebrations at temples are not allowed.

Those who wanted to celebrate the festival on the first day of Chinese New Year, must prepare thermometers and record the details of their guests, including name, date, time, location and phone number manually or via the MySejahtera, CovidTrace or Qmunity mobile apps for contact tracing.

They must also ensure social distancing being practice at the time and avoid hand shakes.