New cases in Sarawak up again

KUCHING: Sarawak recorded 552 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday (Aug 4), an increase of 58 cases from the previous day’s 494 cases.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said the cumulative total number of cases now stood at 78,763.

The Kuching district accounted for 270 new cases; Serian 105 cases; Sri Aman 45 cases; Samarahan 28 cases; Subis and Simunjan 17 cases each and Lundu and Sibu 15 cases each.

Seven cases were reported in Kabong and Bau respectively; six cases in Bintulu; five cases in Julau; three cases each in Tatau and Dalat; two cases each in Miri and Kanowit.

The districts of Mukah, Kapit, Sarikei, Selangau and Beluru recorded one case respectively.

The committee said that 305 cases were individuals who had close contacts with positive cases, 117 cases were individuals from existing clusters while 33 cases were from screenings of symptomatic individuals at health facilities.

There were 94 cases from other screenings at health facilities and three Import B cases comprising two individuals who were returning from Kuala Lumpur and one individual from Kedah.

The SDMC said 189 patients had been discharged from hospitals and low risk quarantine and treatment centres (PKRCs), bringing the number of active cases to 6,441.

Of these, 41 were from the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) and its PKRC; 36 from PKRC Betong; 27 from PKRC Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas); 22 from PKRC Serian; 21 from PKRC Mukah and 20 from the Miri Hospital and its PKRC.

There were nine cases from the Bintulu Hospital and its PKRC and the Sibu Hospital and its PKRC respectively while the Sarikei Hospital and its PKRC and the Kapit Hospital and its PKRC had two cases respectively.

Thus, the number of recovered and discharged cases now stood at 71,679 or 91.01 percent of the total number of cases in the state.

At the same time, the committee listed five locations, namely, The Spring, Plaza Merdeka and Ivory Success Sdn Bhd in the Kuching district as well as Sibu Central and Wisma Sanyan in the Sibu district in the hotspot identification for dynamic engagement (HIDE).