Sarawak records fewer new cases

KUCHING: Sarawak recorded 411 new Covid-19 cases on Monday (Aug 2), a significant decrease from the previous day’s 578 cases.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said the cumulative total number of cases now stood at 77,717.

Kuching district accounted for 144 new cases; Bau 94 cases; Simunjan 29 cases; Serian and Samarahan 26 cases each; Sibu and Lundu 21 cases each and Bintulu nine cases.

Six cases each were recorded in Miri and Subis; five cases each in Mukah, Tebedu, and Tatau and three cases in Asajaya. 

Kabong, Sri Aman, and Selangau recorded two new cases while one case each was recorded in Dalat, Kanowit, Sarikei, Telang Usan and Pakan.

The SDMC said 246 cases were individuals who had close contacts with positive cases while 96 were from active clusters.

There were 32 cases from screenings of symptomatic individuals at health facilities and 34 cases from other screenings at health facilities.

There was also one Import B case of an asymptomatic individual returning from Kuala Lumpur and two Import A cases of individuals returning from Indonesia.

The SDMC also said that 550 patients were discharged from hospitals and low-risk treatment centres (PKRCs), bringing the number of active cases to 5,807.

Of the discharged cases, 418 were from the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) and its PKRC; 36 from the Sibu Hospital and its PKRC; 24 from PKRC Serian; 22 from PKRC Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) and 20 from the Miri Hospital and its PKRC. 

Sixteen cases were discharged from the Sarikei Hospital and its PKRC; eight from the Kapit Hospital and its PKRC; three from the Bintulu Hospital and its PKRC and one case each from PKRC Betong, the Sri Aman Hospital and its PKRC and PKRC Mukah.

Hence, the number of recovered and discharged cases is now 71,271 or 91.71 percent of the total number of cases in the state.

The committee also declared the end of the Gerigat cluster as well as the Jalan Semariang cluster in Kuching district and the Lapan Enam Quadruplex cluster in Miri district.

With this, the SDMC said the state had 82 active clusters as of yesterday and seven of them had recorded 96 new Covid-19 cases.