Sarawak records 252 new Covid-19 cases, one death


KUCHING: Sarawak reported 252 new Covid-19 cases on Monday (March 8), with more than half in Sibu district, as well as one death.

The state disaster management committee said the latest fatality was a 66-year-old man who died at Kapit Hospital on March 6 while being treated for fatigue, fever and cough for the past few days.

"An antigen rapid test and a PCR test done at the hospital on March 1 returned positive. The case, who had aplastic anemia, passed away after his condition deteriorated," the committee said in a statement, adding that the state's death toll was now 88.

Of the new cases, the committee said 234 were asymptomatic while 18 showed symptoms.

Sibu recorded the highest number of new cases with 149, of which 133 were individuals screened during active case detection of contacts, including 109 from the Sibujaya area under the enhanced movement control order.

Other districts which reported new cases were Bintulu (23), Miri (17), Subis (13), Kuching and Mukah (seven each), Betong, Sarikei and Sebauh (six each), Kanowit and Kapit (five each), Julau and Meradong (two each) and Belaga, Beluru, Samarahan and Tatau with one each.

The latest infections take the state's tally of confirmed cases to 11,348, and the committee also said there were 182 new recoveries out of a total of 8,777 or 77.3% of all cases to date.

It said 26 clusters remained active in the state, with four recording new cases.

In addition, the committee said the enhanced MCO at Kampung Emperoh Jambu at Padawan here will end as scheduled on Monday (March 8) after a second round of screening did not detect new cases.

"There is also no evidence that the infection is still spreading in the area," it said.

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