Covid-19: Cases in Miri skyrocketed, overtaking Sibu with highest daily toll

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By Ling Hui

KUCHING, March 4: Miri has overtaken Sibu in registering the highest number of daily Covid-19 cases with a record high of 89 in the past 24 hours.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said from the total 361 cases statewide, Miri took up 89 and followed by Sibu with 73 cases recorded.

The cause of the sudden surge in outbreak was due to 49 positive cases detected at the Baram oil and gas platform where day-trippers failed to comply with the standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Other districts seeing new Covid-19 cases are Bintulu (71), Betong (60), Kuching (22), Subis (11), Sarikei (9), Mukah (8), Kapit (6), Selangau (4), Serian (4), Meradong (3) and Julau (1).

Out of the total cases, 190 were from close contact screenings across 11 districts namely in Miri with 87 cases, Sibu (54), Subis (11), Bintulu (9), Sarikei (9), Mukah (8), Kuching (4), Serian (4), Betong (2), Meradong (1) and Julau (1).

As many as 11 cases were reported from those who went for swab tests at health centres in Sibu (6), Miri (2), Kapit (2) and Bintulu (1).

Today, 15 symptomatic cases were detected in Sibu (12), Bintulu (2) and Kuching (1) while Sibu and Kapit health facilities reported one officer respectively infected with Coronavirus.

Meanwhile, there were 59 positive cases in Bintulu detected in Covid-19 high-risk locations in the district.

A total of 84 new cases today were related to active clusters in the state today.

The clusters recorded new cases are Jalan Muhibbah Cluster (58), Emperoh Jambu Cluster (11), Kampung Sungai Maong Cluster (6), Buloh Cluster (4), Gelong Cluster (3) and Sungai Bakong Cluster (2).

With 361 new Covid-19 cases today, the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak now stands at 10,424.

Uggah, in the press conference to update Covid-19 today, also noted 266 recoveries across the state namely in Sibu Hospital (155), Sarawak General Hospital (45), Sarikei Hospital (29), Kapit Hospital (16), Bintulu Hospital (10), Sri Aman Hospital (6) and Miri Hospital (5).

He also noted 2,337 patients are still receiving treatment in the hospitals across the state. — DayakDaily