Covid-19: S'wak sees 200 new cases, more than half in Sibu


KUCHING: Sarawak reported 200 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday (Feb 17), with more than half coming from Sibu, as well as three more deaths.

The state disaster management committee said Sibu recorded 102 cases, followed by Kapit (53), Kuching (16), Bintulu (13) and Dalat (seven).

Other districts which recorded new cases were Miri and Lundu with three each and Samarahan, Beluru and Belaga with one each, taking the state's tally to 7,225 cases.

The committee said the latest fatalities included a 63-year-old man from Simunjan who passed away at Sarawak General Hospital here on Feb 16; and a 74-year-old man from Dalat who passed away at Bintulu Hospital on Feb 17.

The third death was a 73-year-old man who was found unconscious at a nursing home and brought to Sibu Hospital.

"The man was found to have died on Feb 14 while still at the nursing home," the committee said in a statement on Wednesday (Feb 17), adding that the state's death toll from Covid-19 was now 65.

It also said a new cluster has been identified in Sarawak, involving a longhouse at Sungai Yong in Kapit.

"The index case of the Jan Yong cluster is a 21-year-old woman who tested positive during active case detection by the Kapit divisional health office.

"She had previously visited a high-risk area in Sibu. Further screening found 14 more cases among residents of the same longhouse.

"As of noon on Feb 17,46 individuals have been screened and 15 tested positive, including the index case, while 28 are negative and three still waiting for results," the committee said.

In addition, it said, Kuching district had gone from an orange zone to a red zone after recording 43 locally-transmitted cases in the last 14 days.

Other districts categorised as red zones are Samarahan, Julau, Subis, Beluru, Kapit, Song, Dalat, Bintulu, Kanowit, Miri and Sibu with a total of 2,161 local transmissions in the last 14 days.

Lundu and Sri Aman remained orange zones with a total of 60 local transmissions in the same period.

Another 14 districts are yellow zones while 12 are green.

Red zones are districts with more than 40 local transmissions of Covid-19 in the last 14 days, orange zones 21 to 40, yellow zones one to 20, and green zones with none.

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