Adham to meet S’wak govt over spike in new cases

PETALING JAYA: The rise in Covid-19 cases in Sarawak is a cause for concern with most coming from clusters detected in the community, says the Health Minister.

Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba (pic) said the Covid-19 infectivity rate in Sarawak had been rising since January.

He said he chaired a special Covid-19 meeting on Sarawak with relevant ministry personnel and Sarawak officials to seek remedies.

“We discussed the current situation as well as the needs of the state to ensure the virus does not continue to spread and get out of control.

“I will meet the state government and look at the steps to be taken and manpower needed such as the mobilisation of doctors, healthcare personnel, nurses and those in the allied health science group.

Dr Adham said the Rt (reproduction rate) in Sarawak was at 1.08, compared to the national figure of 1.06.

Rt is an indicator of how fast Covid-19 is spreading and refers to the reproduction number at a particular point in time.

On Sunday, Sarawak recorded the second highest Covid-19 cases in the country at 443, behind Selangor’s 535 cases.

Dr Adham said since January, Sarawak recorded 39 community clusters and 17 workplace clusters.

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