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Covid-19: Triple digits as Sarawak records 222 new cases today, no deaths

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KUCHING (March 13): Sarawak recorded 222 new positive Covid-19 cases and no fatalities today, bringing the cumulative total of cases to 12,273 cases, said the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a statement.

“The new cases were recorded in Miri District (57), Sibu (38), Kuching (29), Bintulu (25), Betong (12), Meradong (12), Julau (10), Subis (9), Kapit (7), Song (7), Samarahan (4), Saratok (2), Serian (2), Limbang (2), Bau (1), Kanowit (1), Mukah (1), Sarikei (1), Sebauh (1) and Telang Usan (1).

The state’s death toll remains unchanged at 89.

SDMC explained that of the 222 new cases reported, a total of 35 individuals or 15.76 per cent had already shown signs and experienced signs of a Covid-19 infection during the screening.

It also informed that a total of 168 cases were detected from individuals who had been given quarantine orders at designated quarantine centres.

“Out of 168, 167 comprise people who have been identified as close contacts to Covid-19 positive cases, while one is an imported case who is an individual returning from a high-risk infection area,” it said.

Out of Miri District’s 57 cases, 42 cases are individuals screened through active case detection (ACD) of contacts to Covid-19 positive cases including one who got the infection from Bintulu District, 11 cases are from screening of individuals present at healthcare centre in the district, two involving the Sena Cluster and two from screening of healthcare workers in the district.

In Sibu District, 18 are results of ACD, 10 cases are from screening of individuals present at healthcare centre in the district, eight from screening of symptomatic individuals, and two from screening of healthcare workers in the district.

In Kuching District, 15 cases are from the Emperoh Jambu Cluster, nine are from ACD including one who was infected in Sri Aman District, two from screening of symptomatic individuals, two from screening of individuals present at healthcare centre in the district, and one imported case who is a Sarawakian returning from high-risk area in the country (Kuala Lumpur).

In Bintulu District, 11 cases are results of ACD, 10 from screening of individuals present at healthcare centre in the district, and four from screening of symptomatic individuals including one who got the infection from Miri District.

In Meradong District, seven are results of screening symptomatic individuals, four from ACD, and one from Sungai Bakong Cluster.

All 12 cases in Betong District are results of ACD.

In Julau District, seven are results of ACD, and three from Bukit Tunggal Cluster.

In Subis District, seven are from the Sena Cluster, while two are results of ACD.

In Kapit District, six cases are from the Pasai Cluster, and one was an individual screened at healthcare centre in the district.

All seven cases in Song District are results of ACD, while all four cases in Samarahan District are from the Emperoh Jambu Cluster.

Both the cases in Serian District as well as Limbang District are results of ACD.

In Saratok District, one case is from the Emperoh Jambu cluster, while one is from ACD.

The single case in each of the other districts (Bau, Mukah, Sebauh, Sarikei, Kanowit, Telang Usan) are results of ACD.

Meanwhile, SDMC added that there were 236 cases of recoveries and discharges for the day. These were from Sibu Hospital (107), Miri Hospital (44), Sarawak General Hospital (35), Bintulu Hospital (30), Quarantine and Low-Risk Treatment Centre (PKRC) under Kapit Hospital (8), Sarikei Hospital (5), Sri Aman Hospital (4) and PKRC Betong (3).

“As of today, 9,826 or 80.06 per cent of total cases have recovered and discharged.

“A total of 2,313 cases are still being treated at hospitals and various PKRC. Out of that, 776 are in Sibu Hospital and PKRC in Sibu, 408 in Miri Hospital and PKRC in Miri, 308 in Bintulu Hospital and PKRC in Bintulu, 259 in SGH and PKRC in Kuching, 207 in Betong Hospital and PKRC in Betong, 166 in Kapit Hospital and PKRC in Kapit, 131 in Sarikei Hospital and PKRC in Sarikei, 21 in PKRC Mukah, 18 in PKRC Serian, 16 in Sri Aman Hospital and PKRC in Sri Aman, and three in Limbang Hospital,” it said.

There were 222 new persons-under-investigation (PUI) reported for the day, with one still awaiting laboratory test result.

This brought the cumulative total of PUIs to 24,993 to-date.

As for persons-under-surveillance (PUS), there were 461 individuals who have checked into designated quarantine centres for their compulsory quarantine Saturday. This brings the total of current PUS to 5,885 individuals at 92 hotels and non-hotel quarantine centres statewide.

To-date, those who have completed their quarantine period stand at 74,353.