By Ling Hui
KUCHING, June 21: Kapit has overtaken Sibu as the district with the highest number of new Covid-19 cases after accounting for 121 out of 682 new cases reported in Sarawak today.
Over the past several days, Sibu has been firmly planted at the top of this grim list, recording over 100 new cases daily.
According to reports by the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) today, Sibu reported 75 cases, just a few cases below Kuching which recorded 83 cases.
Other districts with new infections were Bintulu (69), Telang Usan (68), Tanjung Manis (48), Tatau (36), Miri (28), Sarikei (27), Bau (24), Sri Aman (23), Mukah (19), Kanowit (17), Subis (11), Meradong (7), Pakan (6), Bukit Mabong (6), Song (3), Limbang (2), Beluru (2), Julau (1), Tebedu (1), Lundu (1), Serian (1), Saratok (1), Sebauh (1) and Lawas (1).
With that, the committee said the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in the whole of Sarawak since the outbreak began in March 2020 now stands at 60,482.
“Out of the 682 patients today, 408 were detected following close contact screenings where six of them were symptomatic.
“Another 191 cases were from individual screenings from active clusters where 19 showed signs and symptoms of Covid-19 infection.
“Adding on, there were 44 cases that were from other screenings from health facilities, 34 cases were from symptomatic screenings in health facilities, three Import-A cases who returned from Indonesia, and two Import-B cases who returned from other states in Malaysia,” it said in its statement giving Covid-19 updates today.
Meanwhile, SDMC also reported two new deaths from the novel coronavirus today, thus increasing the State’s death toll to 382.
Fatality case number 381 was an 85-year-old female from Mukah while case number 382 was a 78-year-old male from Sibu. Both of them did not have medical histories of comorbidities.
With 392 new recoveries reported throughout Sarawak today, there are still 10,405 active cases receiving treatment in various hospitals across Sarawak.
Meanwhile, Sarawak now has 31 Covid-19 red zones, two orange zones, six yellow zones, and one green zone. Daro is presently the sole green zone in Sarawak. — DayakDaily