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Sarawak sees sharp spike in Delta cases

An overall detection rate of more than 73% was recently recorded, compared to 50% on Aug 3.

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There has been a sharp increase in Delta Covid-19 cases detected in Sarawak, according to the Institute of Health and Community Medicine (IHCM) of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.

IHCM director Dr David Perera in a statement today said an overall detection rate of over 73% had been recorded recently, a sharp increase from 50% reported on Aug 3.

He said for the Kuching division alone, the Delta variant detection rate was approximately 90%.

“This variant also continues to be detected in Bau, Lundu, Kota Samarahan, Simunjan, Miri and Bintulu. Additionally, we have detected six Delta variants in Sibu,” he said.

IHCM has been at the forefront of the fight against the pandemic in the state, tasked with testing samples and genome sequencing analysis to detect changes in the virus.

Perera said as of Aug 10, a total of 249 additional variants of concern (VOC) and variants of interest (VOI) were detected from 338 Covid-19 cases sequenced, of which 248 were of the Delta variant.

He said a cumulative total of 592 VOC/VOI had been detected in Sarawak from positive Covid-19 cases as of Aug 10.

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