State’s Covid-19 cases jump to 644

KUCHING: The state recorded 644 new Covid-19 cases on Sarawak Day today (July 22), a substantial jump from yesterday’s figure of 261 cases.

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), in its daily statement, said the sudden spike in cases detected was due to targeted screenings conducted in various localities throughout Sarawak.

“These localities included Kampung Seratau in Kuching with 145 cases; Rumah Kambieng, Abu Bengang, Krian with 126 cases; Miri Central Prison with 120 cases and Sri Aman Central Prison with 25 cases,” it said.

The SDMC added Kuching registered the most new cases with 258, followed by Saratok with 131 and Miri with 126.

“Twenty-seven cases were registered in Sri Aman; 22 in Sibu; 15 in Samarahan; 12 each in Serian and Bau; seven in Betong; four each in Pakan, Lundu, Kapit, Sarikei and Telang Usan; two each in Bintulu, Lawas, Meradiong, Beluru and Subis and one each in Song, Tebedu, Bukit Mabong and Selangau,” it added.

The committee said that 305 of the total cases consisted of individuals who were close contacts to Covid-19 positive cases.

“There are also 288 cases involving individuals from existing clusters, 26 cases from screenings of symptomatic health workers, 21 cases from other screenings in health facilities, three cases from individuals returning from other states and one case involving individuals returning to the state from abroad,” it explained.

The SDMC said no death was reported today, with the death toll remaining at 450.

It added that 486 Covid-19 patients were also discharged from hospitals and treatment centres today, bringing the number of discharged cases to 4,474.