76 other cases of Delta variant detected in Sarawak, the majority in Kuching – IHCM of Unimas
KUCHING (July 21): 76 additional new cases of the Delta variant (B.1.617.2) have been detected in Sarawak, said Professor David Perera, director of the Institute of Community Health and Medicine (IHCM) at the ‘Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas). .
According to him, they were identified in samples taken at Sentosa Hospital, Satok Police Station and several other locations in Kuching.
In a statement released today, Dr Perera said these cases were detected as part of his ongoing monitoring and surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 variants circulating in the state.
“Samples of positive cases were tested between June 7 and July 13, recently.
“The majority of cases, at age 52, have been detected in Kuching,” he said in the latest statement released today by the office of Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) Chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah.
He said this variant was also detected in Serian in 11 cases, Samarahan (three), Sri Aman (five) and one case each in Sibu, Miri and Betong.
“We also detected one in the ‘Import A’ and ‘Import B’ categories.” he said.
On July 14, State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) adviser Dato Sri, Dr Sim Kui Hian, said the Ministry of Health had been tasked with fully investigating cases of Covid-19 as part of the Sentosa 2 cluster for fear of the presence of the Delta variant.
In a previous report, Dr Perera said it could take up to four weeks to complete testing of the Delta variant.
The institute was tasked by SDMC to track variants of Covid-19 circulating in the state.
It was reported on July 4, a total of 17 cases of the Delta variant had been registered in Kuching, with the first case detected on June 18.
The Delta variant was first detected in India.
It has overtaken other variants in the UK and US, where a high percentage of vaccination has been achieved among their adult populations.
Health Director General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah recently said that the Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus is at least twice as transmissible, being able to infect the next person in 15 seconds.