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By Ling Hui
KUCHING, April 11: Sarawak has recorded the second worst number of 443 new Covid-19 cases in one day, several cases away from the highest record of 555 cases on April 9.
State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said Bintulu topped the list with 89 new cases, followed closely by Sibu with 83 cases.
Other districts reporting new cases were Miri (61), Julau (43), Kapit (32), Mukah (31), Kuching (26), Sarikei (22), Matu (7), Samarahan (7), Meradong (7), Subis (6), Serian (6), Kabong (5), Beluru (3), Belaga (3), Betong (3), Bukit Mabong (3), Kanowit (2), Saratok (1), Tanjung Manis (1), Tatau (1) and Sebauh (1).
With that, he said the cumulative number of positive cases in Sarawak now stands at 20,001.
“Out of the 443 today, there are 248 cases that were detected following close contact screenings where 21 of them were symptomatic.
“Another 101 cases which were individual screenings from existing active clusters where none showed signs and symptoms of Covid-19 infection,” he said during a press conference on Covid-19 update today.
Adding on, he said 73 cases were from other screenings in health facilities, 19 cases were from symptomatic tests in health facilities, one Import-A case who returned from Indonesia and another Import-B case who came back from other states in Malaysia
With 333 new recoveries throughout Sarawak, there are still 3,572 patients who are receiving treatment in the hospitals across the State.
Uggah, who is also Deputy Chief Minister, also reported three new Covid-19 clusters in Sarawak namely the Abak Bon Subis Cluster and Jalan Badarudin Cluster in Kuching, and Nanga Kelangas Cluster in Julau.
Meanwhile, he said the Kampung Sungai Maong Cluster in Kuching has ended after recording zero cases in the last 28 days.
With that, there are now 49 active clusters in Sarawak. Out of the total, 10 clusters recorded new cases today and the remaining 39 clusters did not.
Touching on Covid-19 zones, Subis was converted from orange to red zone after recording 42 local cases in the past 14 days, pushing the total number of Covid-19 red zones up to 15 districts.
Thus, there are now four orange zones, 16 yellow zones and five green zones in the whole of Sarawak. — DayakDaily