Fingers crossed: Covid-19 cases in Sarawak drop to 242, may the trend continue

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By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, June 29: Covid-19 cases in Sarawak have dropped below the 300 mark for the first time in more than two months as the State reported 242 new cases.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in its daily report said more than half of the cases were from Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu, Miri and Mukah.

Kuching registered the highest number of new cases with 51, to be followed by Sibu (27), Bintulu (20), Miri (19), Mukah (18), Tatau (15) and Sarikei (11).

There are 21 other districts which register single digit case which include Bau (9), Belaga (7), Kanowit (7), Kapit (6), Telang Usan (6), Serian (6), Subis (5), Sebauh (5), Saratok (5), Pakan (4), Dalat (4), Selangau (4), Song (3), Sri Aman (3), Tanjung Manis (1), Tebedu (1), Bukit Mabong (1), Beluru (1), Simunjan (1), Betong (1) and Samarahan (1).

This leads to the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak to 64,475.

According to SDMC, out of the 242 Covid-19 patients, 155 were identified following close contact screenings where six of them are symptomatic.

Another 36 cases were detected through individual screenings of those linked to active clusters where five of them were symptomatic.

There were also 32 cases detected through screenings of asymptomatic individuals at health facilities and 19 cases from symptomatic screenings in health facilities.

Meanwhile, SDMC also reported two death cases, bringing the death toll due to Covid-19 in the State to 408.

One victim was a 92-year-old man who was a brought-in-dead (BID) case in Sarikei while the other victim was a 65-year-old woman from Miri. Both had medical history of comorbidities.

On the bright side, as many as 608 Covid-19 patients had recovered, bringing cumulative recoveries to 53,746 people or 83.36 per cent of the overall cases.

In spite of that, 10,171 Covid-19 patients are still being treated for the pandemic in health facilities throughout Sarawak. — DayakDaily