Sarawak tips the 2k mark again with 2,024 cases, two deaths

KUCHING:  Sarawak recorded a staggering 2,024 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday (Aug 26) compared to the previous day’s 1,667 cases.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said 2,021 cases (99.85 percent) comprised Category 1 and 2 while one case was in Category 4 and Category 5 had two cases.

Kuching district accounted for the highest number of cases at 848, followed by Samarahan (200); Serian (198); Sibu (161); Bau (80); Song (67); Asajaya (61); Simunjan (54); Bintulu (47); Tebedu (44); Pusa (41); Tatau (26); Mukah (25); Sri Aman (23); Belaga (21); Selangau (18); 15 each in Betong and Kapit; Pakan (14); Meradong (13); 10 each in Sarikei and Subis.

There were six cases recorded in Lundu and Saratok respectively; five each in Miri and Beluru; Dalat (four); Limbang (three); Sebauh (two) and one each in Lubok Antu and Matu.

A total of 1,187 of the new cases are individuals who had close contact with positive cases, 246 cases are individuals in existing clusters and 266 cases from screening of symptomatic individuals at health facilities.

There were 323 cases from other screenings at health facilities and two Import B cases from individuals returning from Sabah and Selangor respectively.

On another note, the committee said there were 415 new recovery cases discharged from hospitals and low-risk quarantine and treatment centres (PKRC) statewide.

These bring the number of recovered and discharged cases to 85,884 or 81.74 percent of the total number of cases in Sarawak. There are still 18,484 active cases remaining.

The committee also disclosed that the state recorded two new fatalities, pushing the death toll to 510.

The 509th death involved a 78-year-old man from Kuching who was confirmed positive on Aug 24.

The 510th death was a 85-year-old woman from Kuching who was confirmed positive on Aug 22. Both of them passed away at the SGH.