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By Ling Hui
KUCHING, Aug 29: An eight-year-old Serian girl without any known illnesses has become the youngest Covid-19 victim in Sarawak.
She was among the two new Covid-19 fatalities reported today, with the second involving a 59-year-old man from Sibu who had comorbidities.
Meanwhile, the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in its daily update today disclosed there were 2,522 new cases in the State, the figure just shy of Sarawak’s highest daily record of 2,548 cases set on Aug 20.
Kuching still outpaced other districts in the State, registering 1,316 new cases while Serian, Bau and Sibu recorded 250, 179 and 157 cases respectively.
Other districts that saw double-digit case numbers were Lundu (89), Tebedu (63), Tatau (50), Sri Aman (48), Bintulu (46), Mukah (34), Miri (32), Samarahan (31), Song (31), Pusa (31), Subis (26), Selangau (23), Simunjan (18), Asajaya (16), Betong (13) and Lawas (13).
The remaining districts with new infections are Limbang (8), Kanowit (8), Meradong (7), Saratok (5), Sarikei (5), Belaga (5), Kapit (4), Julau (3), Matu (3), Pakan (2), Sebauh (2), Lubok Antu (1), Beluru (1), Dalat (1) and Daro (1).
“Out of the 2,522 patients, 1,776 were detected following close contact screenings where 151 of them were symptomatic.
“Another 238 cases were of individual screenings from active clusters where 14 of them showed signs and symptoms of Covid-19 infection.
“Adding on, 239 cases were of symptomatic screenings, 268 cases were from other screenings in health facilities, and one was an Import-B case from Negeri Sembilan,” said SDMC in its statement.
Of the total, the committee noted 2,104 cases or 83.43 per cent were from Category 1 whereby patients do not develop any symptoms.
There were 416 patients with mild symptoms under Category 2, one under Category 3 with lung disease, one under Category 4 with lung disease while requiring oxygen, and zero under Category 5.
As for Covid-19 recoveries, 832 patients were discharged from hospitals across Sarawak. There remains 23,664 active cases in isolation or treatment. — DayakDaily