Kuching again records highest number of new Covid-19 cases

KUCHING: Sarawak recorded 405 new Covid-19 cases on  Tuesday (July 27), 49 more than the previous day’s 356, as well as two fatalities.

The total number of cases now stands at 74,747 while the death toll is at 459.

Kuching once again recorded the highest number of new cases with 255, followed by Samarahan with 60; Sibu (20); Bau (11), Kabong (nine); Serian (eight); Simunjan and Tatau (six each).

Four cases were recorded in Bintulu; three each in Kapit, Lawas and Meradong; two each in Saratok, Asajaya, Tebedu, Pakan and Selangau; and one each in Miri, Betong, Mukah, Daro, Telang Usan, Subis and Kanowit.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said 314 of the new cases consisted of individuals who were close contacts to positive cases.

“There are also 22 cases involving individuals in existing clusters; 27 cases from screening of symptomatic individuals at health facilities; 36 cases from other screenings in health facilities; five cases were Import B cases involving individuals returning from other states; and one case was Import A case involving individuals returning from Indonesia.”

SDMC added that 384 patients were also discharged from hospitals and treatment centres on Tuesday, bringing the number of active cases to 4,568.

The number of recovered and discharged cases is now 69,550 or 93.05 percent of the total number of cases in Sarawak.

Meanwhile, SDMC said the two deaths involved locals who had comorbidities.

The 458th death case was a 76-year-old local woman from Tatau District who received treatment at Bintulu Hospital.

“She tested positive on July 22 and had a history of high blood pressure. The second death case was a 50-year-old Indonesian from Bukit Mabong.

“He was treated at Sibu Hospital and had a history of dyslipidemia.”