KUCHING, AUGUST 18, 2021
The highly contagious Delta Variant of the COVID-19 is on the uptick in Sarawak State, with over 73 per cent cases recorded as of August 10, 2021.
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak's (UNIMAS) Institute of Health and Community Medicine (IHCM) reported that it was " a sharp increase " from the 50 per cent cases detected a week earlier on August 13, 2021.
Its director, Prof Dr David Perera, noted that in Kuching Division alone, the variant detection rate stood at a staggering 90 per cent, with cases also detected in Bau, Lundu, Kota Samarahan, Simunjan, Miri and also in Bintulu Division.
"As part of this ongoing surveillance, we would like to report that as of August 10, 2021 a total of 249 additional Variant of Concern (VOC) and Variant of Interest (VOI) were detected from 338 COVID-19 positive cases ssequenced.
" Of these VOC/VOI, 248 were of the Delta Variant (B.1.617.2). " Perera said.
Additionally six (6) Delta Variant cases were detected in Sibu Division and a case of the recently identified Indonesian VOI (B.1.466.2) was detected in Bintulu Division.
COVID-19 infection involving the Delta Variant in Sarawak State was first detected on June 18, 2021 in Kuching Division from 56-year-old man.
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