Increased active contact tracing result in backlog, high number of cases

KUCHING: Sarawak has recorded the highest number of Covid-19 cases at 5,291 on Sunday (Sept 12), bringing the number of cumulative cases to 156,798.

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a statement said that the high number of cases was due to the increase in active contact tracing activities throughout Sarawak, especially in localities with active clusters, and thus resulted in a backlog of tests for the past five days.

Of the total 5,291 cases, it said 99.94 percent of the cases were categorised as Category 1 (no symptoms) and Category 2 (mild symptoms), while one case each were in Category 3, 4, and 5.

Kuching district reported the most cases at 1,845, followed Serian (620); Sibu (436); Bintulu (435); Bau (212); Samarahan (196); Sri Aman (162); Lundu (154); Betong (138); Miri (122); Sarikei (99); Mukah (96); Simunjan (80); Julau (74); Pakan (65); Kanowit (63); Asajaya (56); Tebedu (55); Subis (41); Kapit (37); Selangau (35), Limbang (33), Lubok Antu (33), Meradong (31), Saratok (29), Lawas (25), Matu (22), Dalat (19), Belaga (17), Pusa (16), Marudi (14), Tatau (12), Song (seven), Sebauh (seven), Bukit Mabong (three) and Beluru (two).

The districts of Daro, Telang Usan, Tanjung Manis and Kabong recorded zero case.

SDMC said 3,895 of the new cases consisted of individuals who were close contacts to Covid-19 positive cases, while 389 cases involving individuals in existing clusters, 514 cases from the screening of symptomatic individuals in health facilities, 486 cases from other screening in health facilities.

It added there is one Import A case (those returning from overseas), and six Import B cases (those returning from other states).

As of Sunday (Sept 12), the committee said there were 2,808 cases who recovered and were allowed to be discharged from the respective hospitals and Covid-19 Quarantine and Low-Risk Treatment Centre (PKRC) statewide.

SDMC added that there were 403 new person-under-surveillance (PUS) recorded, thus bringing the total number of PUS undergoing treatment at the hospitals and PKRC in the state to 5,900.