Covid-19: Sarawak sees downward trend in infectivity rate

SIBU: The Covid-19 infectivity rate (R0) in Sarawak went down from 1.41 on Jan 14 to 0.96 as of Tuesday (Feb 9).

The state's daily case tally also dropped from 255 cases on Jan 14 to 101 cases on Tuesday, state Health Department director Dr Chin Zin Hing (pic) told a press conference on Wednesday (Feb 10).

"With control measures in place, the R0 stayed at 1.0 until yesterday (Feb 9) when it dropped to 0.96.

"Hopefully this (downward) trend will continue but we need to work together with all the control measures and SOPs to keep it below 1.0 and control this outbreak," he said.

State Disaster Management Committee chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, who chaired the press conference, said the improvement was because everyone had been complying with the SOP.

"We must thank the frontliners and all divisional health offices for working tirelessly to ensure that what needed to be done, was done," he said.

Sarawak recorded 135 new cases on Wednesday to take its total to 6,006.

Sibu continued to record the most cases with 83, followed by Bintulu (19), Miri (nine), Dalat (six), Julau (five), Kuching and Betong (three each), Kapit and Lundu (two each), and Kanowit, Serian and Beluru (one each).

A total of 125 patients had recovered over the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries to 4,101, Douglas said.

He added that the committee had also decided to impose an enhanced movement control order (EMCO) on flats and Town Villa Housing in Sibu Jaya as the satellite town had recorded 247 positive cases.

The EMCO will be in place for two weeks, from Thursday (Feb 11) to Feb 25.

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