The Universiti Malaysia Sarawak Institute of Health and Community Medicine (IHCM) has detected another 16 Covid-19 cases of the Delta variant in Sarawak, bringing the total number of cases of this strain to 17.
IHCM director Dr David Perera today said the cases were detected between May 21 and June 26, and were reported to be of the variant on July 4.
The first case involved a 56-year-old man who was categorised as an Import B (imported from other parts of Malaysia) on June 18.
“Besides the Delta variant, another case of the Beta variant was detected in Kuching during the same period,” he said in his latest report to Sarawak disaster management committee chairman Douglas Uggah Embas.
Perera said there are now 45 cases of the Beta variant reported in Sarawak, with the Kuching district recording 35 cases, three cases in Bau, one each in Lundu, Serian, Simunjan and Sibu, and three Import B cases.
There has been no increase in the number of cases for the Theta variant since six cases in Kuching and seven in Kota Samarahan were reported earlier, while the Eta variant remains at one case which in the Import A (imported from overseas) category, he added.