108 Covid-19 cases involving detainees surge Sarawak’s total climb to 406 cases

Dato Dr Mohamed Sapian Mohamed

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By Nur Ashikin Louis

KUCHING, July 9: Sarawak has recorded 406 new Covid-19 cases today, with 108 of them stemmed from among prison or immigration detainees in three detention centres.

Sarawak Health (JKNS) director Dato Dr Mohamed Sapian Mohamed stressed the 108 cases involved 34 detainees at Batu Lintang Immigration Detention Depot in Sri Aman, 56 at Miri Central Prison and 18 were individuals detained by the Immigration in Kuching.

“However, if we minus the cases involving the detainees, Sarawak has recorded only 298 cases with Kuching topping the list at 109 cases,” he said at a press conference today.

On the breakdown of the cases according to district, Kuching reported 109, followed by Miri (68), Sibu (36), Sri Aman (34), Bintulu (16), Sarikei (16), Bau (14), Subis (12), Mukah (11), Samarahan (10), Serian (10), Tebedu (10), Betong (9), Tatau (9), Telang Usan (9), Meradong (7), Selangau (7), Lundu (5), Dalat (4), Kapit (3), Kanowit (2), Saratok (2), Song (2) and Asajaya (1).

“In summary, 189 cases were screened after having contact to positive cases, 138 individuals linked to active clusters, 45 from other screenings in health facilities, 32 detected from screening of symptomatic individuals, and two Import B cases involving individuals returning from Selangor and Kedah respectively,” he added.

The State also recorded three new fatalities involving individuals, aged between 70 and 86, bringing the State’s death toll to 431.

On the same day, Sarawak also reported 516 patients had recovered and discharged from hospitals statewide, bringing the total number of recovered and discharged cases to 58,013 or 85.00 per cent.

There are 9,646 individuals still undergoing treatment at hospital isolation wards in the State. — DayakDaily