KUCHING, July 21: An additional 76 cases of the Delta (B.1.167.2) variant have been detected in Sarawak between June 7 to July 13, and 52 of them were in Kuching.
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas)’s Institute of Health and Community Medicine (IHCM) director Prof Dr David Perera disclosed this today in his latest report to State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.
In IHCM’s ongoing tracking and surveillance of the SARS-COV-2 variants circulating in the State, Dr Perera said the latest Delta cases were found through the screening at Sentosa Hospital and Satok Police Station, among other locations in Kuching.
“Samples from (Covid-19) positive cases were tested between June 7 to July 13, recently. The majority of the cases, at 52, were in Kuching.
“They were identified in samples taken from Sentosa Hospital, Satok Police Station and multiple other locations in Kuching,” he said.
Other than Kuching, he said the variant was also found active in Serian which reported 11 cases, Samarahan (3), Sri Aman (5), Sibu (1), Miri (1) and Betong (1).
“We had also detected one each under Import-A and Import B categories,” said Dr Perera.
Prior to this, 17 Delta cases were reported in Kuching as of July 4. Adding them up, Kuching now has recorded 69 Delta cases as of July 13. — DayakDaily