Covid-19: Sarawak records surge in cases to 750 on Friday (May 7)


KUCHING: Sarawak's new Covid-19 cases surged to 750 on Friday (May 7) after the number was below 500 for two days.

There were also six deaths, taking the state's tally to 34,227 cases with 201 fatalities, the state disaster management committee said.

In a statement, the committee said 517 or 68.9% of the new cases were detected in Miri (124), Selangau (111), Sibu (94), Sarikei (53), Bintulu (50), Pusa (45) and Kanowit (40).

It said 675 cases were detected through screening of close contacts and active clusters while there were two imported cases involving individuals returning from Indonesia.

The latest fatalities were five men and a woman aged from 59 to 80 who died between May 3 and 7.

The committee also said three new community clusters were identified in Pusa, Miri and Betong.

The Beladin cluster in Pusa currently has 46 confirmed cases whereas the Jalan Limbang cluster in Miri has 18 cases.

Both clusters are linked to religious activities at houses of worship in the respective areas.

The Penurin cluster in Betong involves a longhouse and has 23 confirmed cases to date.

Meanwhile, the committee announced that the Rumah Luyoh and Rumah Unjan longhouses in Julau have been placed under the enhanced movement control order (MCO) from Friday to May 20.

It also said the enhanced MCO would be extended at Rumah Mut in Julau from May 10 to 16 and at Rumah Empeni ak Budom in Meradong from May 10 to 23.

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