Sarawak confirms 6 new Covid-19 cases, bringing total to 9

Sarawak says four of the six new Covid-19 cases are from Kuching and two from Limbang.

KUCHING: Sarawak today confirmed six new cases of Covid-19, bringing the total to nine.

Four of the cases are from Kuching and two from Limbang. All are being treated at designated hospitals.

Yesterday, Sarawak confirmed its first three cases, all in Kuching, after they were tested positive for the virus.

It was reported that two of them had attended the tabligh (missionary) gathering at Masjid Jamek in Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur, from Feb 27 to March 1. The third case is a family member of one of the patients.

State Disaster Management Committee chairman Douglas Uggah Embas appealed to those who had attended the gathering to go for health screening if they felt unwell.

“We have managed to track 311 participants, but we believe there may be more.

“A special team will look into the Sarawak health declaration forms and identify those who had entered the state through the four airports from March 2 to 5,” he said.

In Labuan, the health department urged those who attended the “Wacana Fatwa Halal” programme on March 5 to go for health screening, Bernama reported.

Labuan health director Dr Ismuni Bohari said a participant at the programme was one of two confirmed cases who attended the tabligh gathering in Kuala Lumpur.

In Kuala Lumpur, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah advised those who attended the tabligh gathering not to join mosque congregations for prayers if they showed symptoms of sickness.

In a posting on his Twitter account, he also urged the management of mosques and suraus to take preventive measures and ensure cleanliness of the premises.

Noor Hisham said 33 of Malaysia’s confirmed cases had made a full recovery and were allowed to return home as of yesterday.

The total number of confirmed cases as of noon yesterday was 197.