Sarawak records 11 new Covid-19 cases, eight in Miri alone

An aerial view of the city of Miri.

MIRI: Miri has registered a surge in Covid-19 positive cases – with eight persons confirmed infected Sunday (March 15).

Three other positive cases were found in other parts of Sarawak, one each in Kuching, Bintulu and Sarikei.

Sarawak Disaster Relief Management Committee, in a press release Sunday, said the new positive cases detected brings the total number detected over the past three days to 20.

"The eight positive cases in Miri are linked to the group attending the Sri Petaling mosque gathering in Kuala Lumpur.

"As for the new cases in Kuching, Bintulu and Sarikei, we are still tracing the sources of their infections," said committee chairman Datuk Douglas Ugah.

He said a task force had been set up to track down more than 400 people from the mosque gathering who had flown into Sarawak via the state's four major airports.

These airports are in Kuching, Miri, Bintulu and Sibu.

Several positive Covid-19 cases found in Brunei were also found to be among those who were at the Seri Petaling mosque gathering from Feb 27 to March 1.

The Bruneians had flown to Kuala Lumpur from Miri after crossing the border here by land.

They then returned into Miri from Kuala Lumpur by flight before crossing back into Brunei.

It is not ascertained as yet if they had been infected with the coronavirus in Brunei before or were infected during the event in Kuala Lumpur.

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