The Borneo Post (Sabah)

Sarawak records highest new infections at 960


KUCHING: Sarawak recorded the highest daily Covid-19 tally in the country again yesterday, with a whopping 960 cases – also the highest in the state since the start of the pandemic.

With this latest data, Sarawak has topped the list of states reporting highest daily Covid-19 cases in the country for at least nine times this month – they comprise 238 cases recorded on April 1, 419 cases on April 4, 385 cases on April 6, 332 cases on April 7, 555 cases on April 9, 351 cases on April 12, 607 cases on April 13, and 512 cases on April 15.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said this latest developmen­t brought the total number of Covid-19 cases in the state to 22,920.

“Kuching tops the list with 370 cases, of which 313 were from the Pulapol (police training centre); followed by Bintulu with 175 cases; Mukah with 103 cases of which 99 were from Politeknik Mukah (Jalan Bambangan Cluster in Mukah); Sibu with 100 cases, Miri with 83 cases, Kapit with 24 cases, Belaga with 20 cases, and Bukit Mabong with 13,” said Uggah – also the chairman of Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) – during the daily Covid-19 update at the old Sarawak Legislativ­e Assembly (DUN) complex here yesterday.

Nineteen other districts in

Sarawak recorded single-digit cases – Serian with nine cases; Selangau with seven cases; Kanowit with six cases; Sebauh, Subis, Tatau and Marudi, each with five cases; Kabong and Sri Aman, each with four cases; Song, Lubok Antu, Betong, Samarahan and Matu, each with three cases; Daro and Bau, each with two cases; and one case each in Beluru, Sarikei and Tanjong Manis.

There was no death recorded for today – the death toll in Sarawak sill stood at 135, said Uggah.

On the new cases, Uggah said only 60 out of the 960 new cases had shown signs and symptoms of Covid-19 infection when screenings were conducted.

“There were also 896 cases detected from individual­s who were instructed to be quarantine­d at quarantine centres.”

On the breakdown of cases,

Uggah said 452 cases were from screenings of individual­s with contact to positive cases; 440 cases from existing active clusters; 39 cases from other screening at health facilities; three cases from individual­s returning from overseas, and one case involving individual who had returned from other states in the country.

Meanwhile, there were 381 recoveries yesterday, of which 110 were discharged from the Bintulu Quarantine and LowRisk Patients Treatment Centre (PKRC); 96 from Sibu PKRC; 49 from Mukah PKRC; 32 from Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) in Kuching; 32 from Sarikei Hospital; 30 from Miri PKRC; eight from Kapit PKRC; eight from Serian PKRC; seven from Sri Aman Hospital; six from Betong PKRC; two from Limbang Hospital; and one from Lawas PKRC .

“The total number of recoveries in Sarawak has now increased to 17,667 – or 77.08 per cent out of the overall cases,” said Uggah.

He also said 5,050 patients were still being isolated and treated at hospitals and PKRCs throughout the state.

A total of 960 new personunde­r-investigat­ion (PUI) cases were also reported yesterday, with none pending lab test result.

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