Covid-19: Sarawak reports 405 new cases, Kapit tops with 79

KUCHING: Sarawak reported 405 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday (May 12), with 71% coming from the Kapit, Sibu, Bintulu, Miri and Kuching districts.

The state disaster management committee said Kapit had the most cases with 79, followed by Sibu (68), Bintulu (60), Miri (47) and Kuching (35).

Other districts which reported new cases were Mukah and Samarahan with 17 each, Subis (16), Serian (13), Sebauh (nine), Pakan and Sri Aman (eight each), Tebedu and Selangau (six each), Lundu and Song (four each), Bukit Mabong (three), Pusa (two) and Tatau, Kanowit and Sarikei (one each), taking the cumulative tally to 36,726 cases.

"Of the 405 new cases, 34 showed symptoms of Covid-19 during screening.

"A total of 346 individuals were detected among close contacts and screening of active clusters," the committee said in a statement on Wednesday (May 12).

It also said there was one death involving a 43-year-old man who died at Miri Hospital on May 11. He had comorbidities of diabetes, hypertension and chronic kidney disease.

In addition, the committee said seven new clusters were identified by the Health Department in Sri Aman and Kuching.

It said the Skrang cluster involved a longhouse at Nanga Skrang Ulu in Sri Aman with 27 confirmed cases from 66 individuals screened to date.

In Kuching, the Stapok housing scheme cluster currently has 26 confirmed cases out of 117 individuals screened.

"Five other clusters were declared in Kuching today. However, no new cases were detected in these five clusters today," the committee said.

There are now 83 active clusters in the state, including 11 which recorded a total of 44 new cases.

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