Close contact tracing in Sibu yields 164 of 246 new cases in Sarawak

Covid-19 statistics for Sarawak as at Feb 15, 2021. Credit: SDMC

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By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Feb 15: A total of 164 out of 246 new Covid-19 cases reported in Sarawak today are from close contact tracing in Sibu alone.

Noting that Sibu is still the district recording the highest daily total, State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said there were 171 cases reported there in just one day.

He added, in the daily press conference to give Covid-19 updates for Sarawak today, seven other cases in Sibu were from Covid-19 screening at health centres.

Nine districts also saw increases in positive cases, namely Kapit (22), Julau (21), Samarahan (12), Kuching (8), Bintulu (6), Tatau (2), Miri (2), Dalat (1) and Bau (1).

Other close contact cases were found, with Samarahan recording 12 cases, Kapit (9), Kuching (7), Bintulu (5) and Miri (2).

Three more cases were detected in health centres in Tatau (2) and Kapit (1).

Meanwhile, a frontliner in Kuching was reported to have been infected with the virus today.

As for cases related to active clusters, 12 cases in Kapit and one in Dalat were traced back to the Pasai Cluster which originated in Sibu and is currently the most prolific cluster in the state.

Nanga Lijan Cluster registered 21 new cases in Julau for the day while the Rakut Cluster and Tabong Cluster each had one new case in Bintulu and Bau respectively.

With 246 new Covid-19 cases today, the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak now stands at 6,832.

Uggah also reported there were 253 new recoveries who have been discharged from Miri Hospital (71), Kapit Hospital (48), Sarawak General Hospital (32), Bintulu Hospital (10) and Sarikei Hospital (1).

In the meantime, 1,789 patients are still receiving treatment in hospitals across the state.

There are 246 new Person-Under-Investigation (PUI) cases and one case awaiting laboratory test results.

There are also 349 Person-Under-Surveillance (PUS) who have been registered into various hotels across Sarawak to be quarantined, and a total of 5,259 individuals under quarantine in 84 hotels throughout Sarawak. So far 64,383 PUS have completed their 14-day quarantine. — DayakDaily