New virus milestone with 60,000 cases

KUCHING: Sarawak on Monday (June 21) hit a new grim milestone, with the state recording a total of over 60,000 Covid-19 cases since the first case was detected in March last year.

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said the cumulative total number of cases now stood at 60,482 after 682 new Covid-19 cases were registered today.

It said 416 or 61 percent of the total cases were detected in five districts in the state, namely Kapit, Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu and Telang Usan.

“Kapit topped the list with 121 cases recorded, followed by Kuching with 83, Sibu (75), Bintulu (69) and Telang Usan (68).

“Meanwhile, 48 cases were reported in Tanjung Manis, Tatau (36), Miri (28), Sarikei (27), Bau (24), Sri Aman (23), Mukah (19), Kanowit (17), Subis (11), Meradong (seven), Pakan (six), Bukit Mabong (six), Song (three), Limbang (two), Beluru (two) and one each in Julau, Tebedu, Lundu, Serian, Saratok, Sebauh and Lawas,” the committee said in its daily statement yesterday (Monday).

Of the 682 new cases reported, the SDMC said 61 had shown signs and experienced symptoms of Covid-19 infection during screening.

“Meanwhile, 604 cases comprised individuals who had been given quarantine orders,” it added.

The committee also reported two new Covid-19 deaths, bringing the death toll to 382.

The SDMC said one of the victims was an 85-year-old woman from Mukah.

“She was treated at the Bintulu Hospital after testing positive on June 3. She had no history of comorbidities,” it added.

The committee said the other death case involved a 78-year-old man who tested positive for Covid-19 on June 8.

“He was treated at the Sibu Hospital and had no history of comorbidities,” it added.