Sarawak tops new Covid-19 cases list

PETALING JAYA: Sarawak recorded the highest new daily Covid-19 cases with 555 as the country registered 1,854 new infections.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of the cases in Sarawak, 417 were detected from existing clusters and close contact screenings.

“The increased cases in Sarawak is due to a rise in the number of clusters, including those in longhouses.

“The factors that contribute to the increase in cases are social and mass gatherings such as funerals, weddings and others, ” he said in a statement yesterday.

The country recorded seven new clusters of which four were linked to the workplace while the remaining three were from the community.

Sabah recorded two new clusters – the Sim-Sim cluster and the Batu Lima Jalan Sibuga cluster.

Selangor/Kuala Lumpur, Johor and Penang each recorded one new cluster known as the Taman Bukit Pantai, Jalan Ismail Sultan and Sungai Kluang Satu respectively.

Dr Noor Hisham said Sarawak recorded two new community clusters known as the Sungai Gemuan cluster and the Disso cluster.

The Sungai Gemuan cluster, he said, was a community cluster found in Maradong.

“The index case in this cluster tested positive for the virus on March 28 after a symptomatic individual screening.

“This cluster involves a community in Sungai Gemuan, Meradong, ” he said, adding that 260 individuals had been tested, of which 39 were positive for the virus.

In the Disso community cluster detected in Saratok, Sarawak, Dr Noor Hisham said the index case tested positive for the virus on March 31 after a symptomatic individual screening.

To date, he said 208 individuals in this cluster had been screened, of which 24 tested positive.

Of the 1,854 new cases, Dr Noor Hisham said 1,834 cases were locally transmitted while 20 were imported.

In the new daily cases, 58 were detected from the prison and the immigration detention depot clusters involving the Jalan Harapan prison cluster (25 cases), Tembok Sri Aman cluster (three), Tembok Muhasabah cluster (13), Teluk Mas cluster (11), Pengkalan Chepa cluster (four), DTI Sepang cluster (one) and Tembok Tapah cluster (one).

Dr Noor Hisham added that 1,247 people recovered, bringing the cumulative discharged cases to 341,489.

The total active cases in the country stands at 14,805 cases.

Currently, 169 patients are in intensive care, with 79 requiring ventilator support.

Five deaths were also recorded, bringing the death toll to 1,313.

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