Sarawak orders instant halt to social events and gatherings after Covid-19 cases surpass 200

KUCHING: Sarawak has called a stop to all social events and gatherings effective immediately following another triple-digit spike in Covid-19 cases.

The state disaster management committee said such events were no longer allowed during the movement control order and conditional MCO period in the state.

Sarawak is currently under the conditional MCO until Jan 31 while Sibu division is under MCO from Jan 16 to 29.

"All divisional disaster management committees have been instructed to monitor social activities and gatherings in their respective divisions," the committee said in a statement on Wednesday (Jan 20).

This comes as Sarawak reported 203 new cases on Wednesday (Jan 20), the first time the daily figure has breached the 200 mark, taking the state's tally of confirmed cases to 2,570.

Sibu district again recorded the highest number of cases with 120, followed by Kanowit (43), Kuching (12), Betong (eight), Bintulu and Samarahan (five each), Miri (four), Dalat (three) and Kapit, Pakan and Serian (all one each).

Of the new cases, 139 were linked to the Pasai cluster which stemmed from a funeral at a longhouse at Pasai Siong, Sibu, on Dec 29-31.

The Pasai cluster now has 893 confirmed infections in various districts across Sarawak from 7,250 individuals screened to date, while 3,500 tested negative and 2,857 are awaiting results.

The committee also said Kanowit district was now a red zone after recording 73 local transmissions in the last 14 days.

Kuching, Sibu, Miri and Beluru also remained red zones with a total of 1,035 locally transmitted cases in the last 14 days.

Dalat district turned orange with 22 local transmissions while Serian and Pakan turned yellow with one local transmission each in the last 14 days.

Red zones are districts with 41 or more locally transmitted cases in the last 14 days, orange zones 21 to 40, yellow zones one to 20 and green zones with none.

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