Sarawak has recorded two more Covid-19 fatalities today with the highest number of new daily cases at 229 cases.
State Disaster Management Committee chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said Sibu reported the highest number of positive cases today with 168 cases, followed by Kuching (nine), Kanowit (seven), Sri Aman (seven), Lubok Antu (seven), Subis (two) and Bintulu (one), which raised cumulative cases in the state to 2,931.
“There is an increase of 112 cases involving the Pasai Cluster in Sibu, taking the total infection tally to 1,094. A total of 10,250 people were screened, of which 7,500 people came out negative and 1,656 others are awaiting their results,” he said at the daily press conference on Covid-19 today.
A total of 13 staff from Sibu Hospital have tested positive for Covid-19, said State Health director Dr Chin Zin Hing.
He said the staff concerned have since been admitted to the hospital for quarantine and treatment.
“We have also traced all their close contacts, quarantined and screened them to test whether they are Covid-19 positive or not,” he told a press conference today.
In view of this, he said it was inevitable that there will be a shortage of staff at Sibu Hospital.
Sarawak reported 156 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday (Jan 19), with the bulk continuing to come from Sibu.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said 65 cases were recorded in Sibu, including 33 linked to the Pasai cluster which stemmed from a funeral at a longhouse in Pasai Siong, from Dec 29 to 31.
Other districts which reported new cases were Miri with 28, Kanowit (24), Beluru (15), Sarikei (10), Sebauh (three), Kuching, Bintulu, Subis (all two each), and Dalat, Belaga, Meradong, Samarahan and Daro (all one each).
The state's tally of confirmed cases now stands at 2,367.