Highest daily cases in the country at 555

KUCHING: Sarawak reported a new record high of 555 Covid-19 cases today, making it the state with the highest number of daily cases reported nationwide.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said this brought the state’s tally to 19,262 cases.

He said 115 of the 555 cases were recorded in Sibu District, Bintulu (112), Miri (70), Kapit (61), Meradong (57), Mukah (46), Kuching (29), Sarikei (12), Beluru (8), Subis (8), Sri Aman (7), Julau (7), Asajaya (4), Samarahan (3), Saratok (3), Selangau (2), Bukit Mabong (2), Tatau (2), Belaga (1), Betong (1), Song (1), Limbang (1), Bau (1), Serian (1), and Sebauh (1).

“From the 555 new cases reported, 117 persons or 21.08 percent showed signs and symptoms of Covid-19 infection during screening,” he said at the SDMC Covid-19 update press conference today.

Giving a breakdown of the 555 cases, he said 292 were from screenings of individuals who had contact with positive Covid-19 cases, 124 were screenings of individuals involved in existing active clusters, 95 were from other screenings at health facilities, and 43 were from screenings of symptomatic individuals at health facilities.

“One case is an individual who came from Equatorial Guinea. Categorised as an Import A case person showed no symptoms,” he said.

Uggah said 263 new cases had recovered and been discharged from hospitals on Friday – 84 from Bintulu Hospital, Sibu Hospital (64), Miri Hospital (50), Sarawak General Hospital (29), Serian Low-Risk Treatment Centre (PKRC) (eight), Sarikei Hospital (19), PKRC under Sri Aman Hospital (four), PKRC under Mukah Hospital (two), Betong PKRC (two), and PKRC at Semuja (one).

He said this brought the number of recovered and discharged Covid-19 cases thus far to 15,531 persons or 80.63 percent of the total number of cases in Sarawak.

“The number of active cases still receiving treatment and being isolated at PKRCs and hospital wards is 3,552.

“A total of 598 new person-under-investigation (PUI) cases have been reported and three PUIs are still awaiting laboratory test results,” he said.