Sibu records highest Covid-19 tally for seven days straight

Sarawak Covid-19 statistics as at Jan 18, 2021. Graphics courtesy of SDMC.

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Jan 18: For the past seven days, Sibu remains the district reporting the highest single-day tally of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak.

“Today, Sibu recorded a total of 37 new cases,” said State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.

He said 28 cases are related to the Pasai Cluster, eight cases are self-initiated screenings at health clinics and one case involved a returnee from Negeri Sembilan.

Other districts in the state seeing increases in positive cases are Beluru with 27 new cases, Betong (7), Miri (7), Kuching (6), Bintulu (4), Selangau (4), Sri Aman (3), Lubok Antu (3), Sarikei (1) and Kanowit (1).


All the 27 cases in Beluru are from the Pasai Cluster.

In Miri, four were tested positive from close contact tracings, one each from the Jelita and Pasai Clusters, while one tested positive from a screening before signing on a ship.

Six cases in Betong were also traced back to the Pasai Cluster while another case registered a Sarawakian returnee from Johor.

Kuching reported two cases related to the Stutong Cluster and three Sarawakian returnees from Kedah and Selangor.

Four close contact screening cases were reported in Bintulu and three in Sri Aman; four from Pasai Cluster were detected in Selangau, one in Sarikei and another in Kanowit.

As for Lubok Antu, two out of three of the new cases were found through active case detection (ACD) and another was tested after developing symptomps of Covid-19.

With 100 new Covid-19 cases today, the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak now stands at 2,211.

Uggah also reported six new recoveries who have been discharged from Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) and Sibu Hospital while 1,010 patients are still receiving treatment in the hospitals across the state.

“Today, there are 133 new person-under-investigation (PUI) cases and 30 cases awaiting laboratory test results,” he said during a press conference of Covid-19 update today.

There are also 26 person-under-surveillance (PUS) who were registered into various hotels across Sarawak to be quarantined, and a total of 6,140 individuals under quarantine in 63 hotels throughout Sarawak while 52,882 PUS have completed their 14-day quarantine.—DayakDaily