Covid-19 cases in Sarawak hit 203, highest since the pandemic

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By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, Jan 20: The Covid-19 situation in Sarawak worsened with the number of cases broken the 200 marks for the first time since the outbreak was detected in the state in March last year.

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a press statement today said Sarawak registered 203 cases of Covid-19 with the majority of the cases from Sibu.

The 203 cases was a record high for Sarawak after the state reported a high of 180 cases on January 14.

The committee said Sibu reported 120 new cases followed by Kanowit 43 cases, Kuching (12), Betong (8), Bintulu (5), Kota Samarahan (5), Miri (4), Dalat (3), Pakan (1), Serian (1) and Kapit (1).

Out of the 120 cases in Sibu, 78 cases involved the Pasai Cluster, 40 cases from the screening of individuals at Sibu healthcare facilities and two cases from individuals who returned from high-risk areas.

The Pasai Cluster in Sibu continued to rear its ugly head with additional 139 new cases reported today.

Besides Sibu, other districts which witnessed the traces from the Pasai Cluster include Kanowit (43), Betong (8), Bintulu (4), Dalat (3), Kuching (2) and Kapit (1).

With the addition of 203 cases, the cumulative number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Sarawak jumped to 2,570 cases.

Nonetheless, there were no new cluster of Covid-19 emerged.

There were eight active clusters with the Pasai Cluster in Sibu and the Jelita Cluster in Miri reported new cases.

Other clusters witnessed no new cases emerged.

There were 32 patients who recovered and were allowed to be discharged from the hospitals.

In spite of that, there is a total of 1,318 patients who were still being treated for Covid-19 in health facilities throughout Sarawak.

Out of that figure, two patients were being treated in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Sibu Hospital.

Likewise, three patients in Sibu Hospital, one patient in Sarawak General Hospital and one patient in Miri Hospital were on ventilators support but in stable conditions.

SDMC said there were 204 new cases of Person-Under-Investigation (PUI) and three PUI cases were awaiting the laboratory test results for their Covid-19 swab test. —DayakDaily