Sarawak sees 69 Covid-19 cases, total cases breach 2,000

An infographic showing the new cases of Covid-19 reported in Sarawak as at Jan 16, 2021. Source: State Health Department and Sarawak Public Communication Unit (Ukas).

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, Jan 16: Sarawak reported 69 new cases of Covid-19 today.

With the additional 69 cases, the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said the cumulative number of Covid-19 in Sarawak has increased to 2,049 cases.

SDMC chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said 30 new cases reported today were identified in Sibu, 10 cases in Kuching, Bintulu (9) Kanowit (5), Miri (4), Maradong (2), Asajaya (2), Selangau (2), Lubok Antu (1) , Samarahan (1), Sarikei (1), Simunjan (1) and Sebauh (1).

He added the Pasai Cluster in Sibu contributed the most number of cases today.

“In Sibu, there are 29 cases involved the Pasai Cluster while one case was detected following a self-screening at a private health facility.

“In Bintulu, there are seven cases which involved the Pasai Cluster. In Kanowit, there are five cases which are related to the Pasai Cluster.

“In Selangau, there are two cases which are related to the Pasai Cluster and in Meradong, there are two cases which are linked to the Pasai Cluster.

“There is one case each in Sarikei, Simunjan and Sebauh which is related to the Pasai Cluster

“Many cases which linked to the Pasai Cluster,” he said during a press conference on the Covid-19 situation in Sarawak today.

Uggah who is Deputy Chief Minister said Simunjan and Asajaya districts have turned into a yellow zone of Covid-19 following three new cases reported in the two districts today.

He noted that there were seven active clusters of Covid-19 in Sarawak.

Out of that two clusters, namely the Pasai Cluster in Sibu and Stutong Cluster in Kuching reported new cases.

The remaining five clusters, Keranji Tabuan (Kuching), Bukit Sekubong (Sebauh), Jelita Cluster (Miri), Bah Sayap Cluster (Miri) and Mador Cluster (Meradong) did not report any new cases.

Uggah who is also Second Finance Minister revealed that there were 11 patients who recovered and were allowed to be discharged from the hospitals.

Nonetheless, he noted that there were a total of 882 patients who were still being treated for Covid-19 in hospitals throughout Sarawak.

Uggah said there were 139 new cases of Person-Under-Investigation (PUI) while 43 PUI cases were awaiting laboratory test results. — DayakDaily