Wednesday, September 23

Covid-19 ‘red zone’ looms over Kuching as local infections increase


A section of Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman near Kuching Waterfront looks almost deserted in the photo taken soon after the Movement Control Order was implemented in March. – Photo by Roystein Emmor

KUCHING: Kuching district has not been declared a Covid-19 ‘red zone’ because the number of locally transmitted cases within a 14-day period is still below 40, said Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.

“The number of local cases is still 36; the rest are imported cases,” Uggah, who is also a deputy chief minister, told The Borneo Post when contacted today as the number of cases recorded in Kuching rose to 48 in the two-week period.

The Health Ministry categorises districts with no cases as ‘green zones’, those with less than 40 cases as ‘yellow zones’ and those with more than 40 cases as ‘red zones’.

Kuching was the last ‘red zone’ district in the state before it eventually turned ‘yellow’ and then ‘green’ earlier this month. However, the district lost its ‘green zone’ status in just two days as it returned to ‘yellow’ on July 10.

Of the 40 districts in Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan and Bau are currently ‘yellow’ zones while the rest are ‘green’. Samarahan has recorded five cases in the last 14 days, and Bau, one.

Today, SDMC said in a statement that there are four new cases in Sarawak and all of them were in Kuching, where 11 out of the 18 deaths from Covid-19 in the state were also recorded.

Kuching currently also has two of the state’s biggest Covid-19 clusters – the Sentosa Cluster with eight cases and the Stutong Market cluster with seven cases.

The total number of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak as of today is 628.