Sharp increase in Covid-19 cases

KUCHING: Sarawak recorded 582 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday (July 29), a sharp increase of 118 from the previous day’s number of 464.

The total number of cases in the state now stands at 75,793 while the death toll remains at 459.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said Kuching accounted for the highest number of new cases at 311, followed by Simunjan with 73; Serian (51); Bau (50); Sibu (26); Bintulu (13), Samarahan (12) and 11 each in Miri and Meradong respectively.

There were eight new cases in Tatau; Telang Usan (three) and two each in Asajaya, Selangau and Subis.

The districts of Sri Aman, Mukah, Betong, Tebedu, Beluru, Kanowit and Sarikei recorded one new case each.

SDMC said 420 cases were individuals who had close contact with positive cases and 65 were from active clusters.

There were 36 cases from screenings of symptomatic individuals at health facilities and 48 cases from other screenings at health facilities.

There were also 13 Import B cases of individuals returning from other states in Malaysia, namely 10 from Selangor and one from Kuala Lumpur, Melaka and Negeri Sembilan respectively.

On another note, SDMC disclosed that 133 patients were also discharged from hospitals and low-risk treatment centre (PKRC), bringing the number of active cases to 5,201.

Eighty-two cases were from Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) and its PKRC; PKRC Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) (11); Sibu Hospital and its PKRC (nine); PKRC Serian (seven); Bintulu Hospital and its PKRC (six) as well as Miri Hospital and its PKRC (six).

Four cases were from PKRC Mukah; PKRC Betong (three); Kapit Hospital and its PKRC (three) and Sri Aman Hospital (two).

The number of recovered and discharged cases is now 69,961 or 92.31 per cent of the total number of cases in the state.

The district of Betong has changed from red to orange status after recording 40 local infection cases in the past two weeks.

Sarawak currently has four green, five orange, 14 yellow and 17 red districts.