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KUCHING, Aug 24: Sarawak’s tally of confirmed Covid-19 cases have surpassed 100,000, marking a first since the pandemic began, after 1,543 new infections were recorded today.
State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), in its daily updates on Covid-19 situation in Sarawak, reported that Kuching continues to top the list with the highest number of daily cases of 812 or 60.37 per cent of total cases detected.
This is followed by Subis (142); Bau (74); Samarahan (68); Mukah (54); Serian (53); Belaga (49); Sibu (47); Pusa (45); Bintulu (44); Selangau (37); Miri and Asajaya (15 each); Saratok (11); Song and Betong (8 each); Simunjab, Beluru and Tebedu (7 each); Kapit and Lundu (6 each); Sri Aman and Sarikei (5 each); Dalat (4); Tatau and Matu (3 each); Lubok Antu, Lawas and Limbang (2 each); while Kanowit and Pakan has one case each.
This thus brought the state tally of positive cases to 101,381.
SDMC also pointed out that 99.87 per cent of the cases are under Category 1 and 2 with no or mild symptoms; and two cases or 0.13 per cent under Category 5 with lung infections, requiring ventilator support.
Of the overall figure, 221 cases detected from various screenings were symptomatic and 1,322 cases were asymptomatic.
A total of 819 cases comprised individuals with close contacts to positive cases, 356 cases were detected from active clusters, 86 cases from symptomatic screenings and 278 cases were from other screenings in healthcare facilities.
There are also four imported cases involving returnees from Sabah (2), Kuala Lumpur (1) and Selangor (1).
Unfortunately, Sarawak also recorded one fatality related to Covid-19 in Bintulu and Kuching respectively.
The victim from Bintulu was an 80-year-old woman who tested positive on Aug 16. She suffered comorbidities of hypertension and heart disease.
The victim from Kuching was a 75-year-old man who tested positive on Aug 6 had medical history of hypertension and dyslipidemia.
Meanwhile, the good news is that the number of daily recovery cases of 1,545 in Sarawak has exceeded that of the new cases registered today.
This raised the total number of discharged patients to 84,500 which means a recovery rate of 83.35 per cent.
However, there are still 16,188 active cases receiving treatment and being isolated in healthcare and quarantine facilities throughout the State, of which 47 patients are in intensive care unit (ICU) and 20 requiring intubation.— DayakDaily