Covid-19 infections among youth and children below 18 on the rise

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By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, Aug 4: Of the 307 Covid-19 positive cases reported in Kuching district yesterday, youth and children below 18-years-old took up 32 per cent of the total, contributing 97 cases.

This was revealed in the detailed statistics posted on social media by State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Dato Sri Prof Dr Sim Kui Hian.

Dr Sim, who is also Local Government and Housing Minister, said of the 307 positive cases, those not eligible for vaccination — whom he confirmed with DayakDaily to include youth and children below 18 — yielded 97 cases.

As youth and children below 18-years-old are not eligible for vaccination, Covid-19 cases related to them are seen to be on the rise.

This observation is based on Dr Sim’s statistics where on Aug 1, there were in total 43 such cases, and on Aug 2, 32 cases were registered.

Apart from youth and children below 18, those who completed their double vaccination doses continued to make up a high percentage among the positive cases detected. As of yesterday, out of the 307 cases, they took up 27 per cent with a total of 83 cases.

Those who completed their single dose vaccinations, on the other hand, contributed 61 cases while the not vaccinated individuals, 10 cases.

In terms of sporadic Covid-19 outbreaks in Kuching district, according to Dr Sim, Kampung Bintawa Hilir is experiencing a huge surge with a total of 90 positive cases just yesterday alone while Kampung Telaga Air reported 25 new cases and Kampung Pulau, 12 cases.

Both Kampung Bintawa Tengah and Kampung Haji Baki recorded seven cases and Kampung Bintawa Ulu, Kampung Hijrah Bako as well as Kampung Stampin Baru, recorded six cases respectively.

Kampung Bunuk and Kmapung Tabuan Tengah both reported five cases each while Kampung Segedup, Kampung Bako, residential areas along Jalan Golden Farm, recorded four cases each.

Villages and residential areas with reports of three cases were Kampung Kolong 2, Kampung Stutong Baru, Kampung Sungai Lumut, Kampung Braang Bidak, RPR Makmur and Taman Malihah. — DayakDaily