2,551 New Covid-19 Cases Nationwide, Sarawak Record High 960 Infections

By CodeBlue | 16 April 2021

Sarawak broke three daily records in eight days, reporting 555 Covid-19 cases on April 9, then 607 cases on April 13, and 960 cases on April 16.

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KUALA LUMPUR, April 16 — Malaysia reported 2,551 new daily Covid-19 cases today, a consecutive 24-hour tally exceeding the 2,000 mark after 2,148 infections were reported yesterday.

Sarawak recorded 960 positive Covid-19 cases today, the highest number of daily new infections ever reported in the state.  

In just eight days, Sarawak broke three daily records when it reported 555 coronavirus cases on April 9, then 607 cases on April 13, and 960 cases today. 

Since January 2, the average daily Covid-19 cases in Sarawak continuously rose from 10 cases between January 2 and January 8, to 170 cases between January 23 and January 29. 

After a dip in the number of average daily Covid-19 cases in Sarawak from 170 cases between January 23 and January 29 to 143 cases between February 6 to February 12, the average daily Covid-19 cases rose to 222 cases between February 27 and March 5. 

Between March 20 and March 26, the average daily Covid-19 cases in Sarawak was 194. Then, average daily cases continuously rose in the next three weeks to 523 daily cases between April 10 and April 16.

Out of the 960 cases reported in Sarawak today, 370 cases were reported in Kuching, out of which 313 were from a police training centre (Pulapol), where police trainees lived in dormitories.

A total of 103 cases were reported in Mukah district, in which 99 cases were reported in Mukah Politeknik involving the Jalan Bambangan cluster.

A total of 452 cases reported in Sarawak today were close contacts of positive Covid-19 cases, 440 from active clusters, 39 cases were detected during a symptomatic screening, 25 cases detected during other screenings in a health facility, three imported cases, and one case in a returnee from other states of Malaysia.

Currently, Sarawak has 5,050 active Covid-19 cases, treating 27.1 per cent of the total active Covid-19 cases nationwide.

Malaysia has reported a cumulative 370,528 Covid-19 cases as of today. Active cases number at 18,600. The 2,551 new coronavirus infections reported today comprised 2,522 local transmissions and 29 imported cases.

Two new Covid-19 deaths were reported today in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur, leading to a total of 1,365 fatalities in the country so far. A total of 227 Covid-19 patients are in the intensive care unit (ICU), including 91 on ventilator support.

After Sarawak, Selangor reported the second highest number of Covid-19 cases today (590 cases), followed by Kuala Lumpur (245 cases), and Sabah (143 cases). 

Seven new Covid-19 clusters were reported today, bringing the cumulative number of active clusters to 346.

The seven new clusters were workplace clusters (three), detention centre clusters (two), community cluster (one), and one education cluster.

Two clusters were reported in Sarawak — Jalan Sultan Iskandar cluster in Bintulu, which is a workplace cluster, and Jepak cluster involving an event in Kampung Jepak, Bintulu.

Two clusters were reported in Klang Valley — Jalan Balakong cluster in Hulu Langat, Selangor, involving a construction company at Jalan Balakong, Seri Kembangan, and Jalan Kia Peng cluster in Lembah Pantai, Kepong, and Cheras. The Jalan Kia Peng cluster involved an entertainment centre located in Kia Peng street, Kuala Lumpur.

A detention centre cluster was reported in Sandakan, Sabah, while another detention centre cluster was detected in Seremban and Port Dickson in Negeri Sembilan that started at Lenggeng detention centre.

Another cluster was detected in Seri Layang, Bentong, Pahang, which involved an educational institution.

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