By Ling Hui
KUCHING, Feb 19: 103 Covid-19 cases in Sibu from close contacts’ screening alone has contributed to over half of the total 199 new cases in Sarawak today.
According to the reports read by State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas today, Sibu remained the district with the highest daily toll of cases.
With altogether 130 new cases from close contact screening, the other 27 cases were detected in Bintulu (10), Kanowit (5), Dalat (5), Miri (3), Subis (2), Sri Aman (1) and Kapit (1).
The 13 districts recording new Covid-19 cases today are Sibu (126), Kapit (15), Sri Aman (13), Bintulu (13), Kuching (7), Miri (6), Dalat (5), Kanowit (5), Meradong (4), Subis (2), Samarahan (1), Serian (1) and Beluru (1).
Other from close contact positives, 21 cases were reported from those who went for swab tests at health centres around the state namely in Sibu with 15 cases, Miri (3), Kapit (2) and Kuching (1).
16 symptomatic cases were found today in Sibu (8), Meradong (4), Kapit (2), Bintulu (1) and Kuching (1).
While one Coronavirus-infected health officer was recorded in the Kapit facilities, eight Indonesian detainees (OKT) were discovered with the virus as well in Sri Aman.
Meanwhile, two Sarawakians in Kuching who returned from Kuala Lumpur and one in Samarahan who was screened before delivering were also tested positive of Covid-19.
Moving on to clusters, the Pasai Cluster had additional nine cases in Kapit while the new Kejatau and Jalan Green Clusters registered four and three new cases respectively.
Two cases in Bintulu were traced back to the Jun Heng Cluster while the Univista Cluster and Seruas Cluster recorded one case each.
With 199 new Covid-19 cases today, the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak now stands at 7,624.
Uggah, in the Covid-19 press conference today, also reported two fatalities in Sibu, involving one 59-year old male and one 83-year-old female.
The two cases were confirmed to have passed away yesterday (Feb 18) and today. Both of them had medical histories of high blood pressure, diabetes and dyslipidemia.
Adding on, he reported 121 new recoveries who have been discharged from Sibu Hospital (73), Kapit Hospital (17), Sarawak General Hospital (13), Miri Hospital (10), Sarikei Hospital (4) and Sarikei Hospital (4).
In the meantime, 2,047 patients are still receiving treatment in hospitals across the state.
There are 238 new person-under-investigation (PUI) cases and 11 cases awaiting laboratory test results.
There are also 632 person-under-surveillance (PUS) who were registered into various hotels across Sarawak to be quarantined, and a total of 5,364 individuals under quarantine in 84 hotels throughout Sarawak while 65,779 PUS have completed their 14-day quarantine.—DayakDaily