Meradong turns red as Betong and Kanowit turn orange

Table shows statistics for Covid-19 red zones and districts in Sarawak as at Feb 23, 2020. Credit: State Health Department

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By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, Feb 23: With more than 30 Covid-19 cases emerging from the Meradong district today, the district has been classified as a Covid-19 red zone.

A red zone is a zone or district which has reported more than 41 cases in the past two weeks.

According to the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a press statement, Meradong reported 36 new cases of Covid-19 today.

Out of these cases, 35 cases were linked to the Sungai Bakong Cluster declared yesterday and also involved SMK Meradong.

The remaining one case was identified following active contact tracing to Covid-19 positive cases.

With this, Meradong has seen a total of 67 local infections in the past fortnight.

Meanwhile, the Covid-19 situation in Betong and Kanowit has also taken a turn for the worse.

Both districts were declared Covid-19 orange zones today after registering 21-40 cases in the past 14 days.

SDMC said Betong recorded 22 cases in the past fortnight while Kanowit reported 37 cases over the same period.

Eight districts namely Kuching, Samarahan, Julau, Subis, Kapit, Bintulu, Miri, and Sibu remained as red zones with a total of 2,036 local transmissions in the past fortnight.

Song, Bukit Mabong, Beluru, Dalat and Sri Aman stayed as orange zones with a total of 142 local infections over the same period.

Sarikei, Lundu, Bau, Matu, Selangau, Saratok, Sebauh, Tatau, Pakan, Serian and Belaga are classified as yellow zones with a cumulative 62 local transmissions in the past two weeks.

There are only 13 districts namely Lawas, Daro, Simunjan, Lubok Antu, Telang Usan, Asajaya, Limbang, Tanjung Manis, Tebedu, Mukah, Pusa, Kabong and Marudi which reported zero Covid-19 cases. — DayakDaily