Covid-19: Sarawak records 353 new cases, record high since start of pandemic

KUCHING: Sarawak reported a new record high of 353 Covid-19 cases on Wednesday (Feb 24), the first time the daily figure has breached 300 since the start of the pandemic.

The state disaster management committee said in a statement that more than half of the new cases were in the Sibu district, which also reported its highest daily figure to date at 181, the.

This was followed by Meradong with 67, Kuching (31), Bintulu (22), Kapit (18), Miri and Subis (eight each), Betong (six), Bau and Dalat (three each), Samarahan (two) and Kanowit, Saratok, Julau and Serian with one each.

The state's tally of confirmed cases now stands at 8,650.

The previous highest daily figure was 229 on Jan 22.

Of the new cases, 65 were linked to the Sungai Bakong cluster in Meradong, which was traced to a secondary school in the area.

Another 31 cases came from the Emperoh Jambu cluster, which stemmed from a funeral at Kampung Emperoh Jambu in Padawan here on Feb 3-5.

The committee said 25 clusters were still active in Sarawak, with seven of them reporting new cases on Wednesday.

It also said there were 139 new recoveries, bringing the total to 6,238 to date.

In addition, 2,306 active cases were still being treated in hospitals and low-risk quarantine and treatment centres in the state.

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