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By Nur Ashikin Louis
KUCHING, Aug 31: Kuching registered a quadruple-digit gain in new Covid-19 cases today, contributing 49.40 per cent or 1,129 of the 2,285 total cases in Sarawak.
This is the fourth time Kuching’s daily tally has exceeded the 1,000-mark, with the highest reported at 1,601 cases on Aug 20.
According to the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), Bau and Serian districts saw triple-digit case numbers with 228 and 113 new cases respectively.
Meanwhile, Lundu recorded 93 cases, followed by Samarahan (81), Bintulu (76), Sibu (71), Mukah (61), Simunjan (60), Subis (59), Miri (54), Limbang (41), Song (34), Tebedu (32), Pusa (21), Tatau (20), Betong (16), Sri Aman (15), Kapit (13), Asajaya (10) and Lubok Antu (10).
The districts recording below 10 daily infections were Bukit Mabong (8), Sarikei (7), Belaga (7), Selangau (7), Beluru (5), Kanowit (4), Dalat (3), Matu (2), Meradong (1), Lawas (1), Julau (1), Pakan (1) and Sebauh (1).
The State also recorded two Covid-19 deaths today involving senior citizens with comorbidities, bringing the State’s total death toll to 526 thus far.
At the same time, SDMC reported that of the new cases reported today, 1,753 cases were detected after screening for contact to positive cases where 81 were symptomatic.
Another 100 cases involved individuals linked to active clusters where 11 of them were symptomatic.
Additionally, 182 cases were detected via other screenings in health facilities and 248 from screening of symptomatic individuals.
SDMC also reported two Import B cases involving individuals returning from Sabah and Selangor respectively.
By clinical categories, SDMC said that 1,927 cases were in Category 1 whereby the patients do not develop any symptoms, while there were 348 cases with mild symptoms in Category 2.
There were also two Category 3 case involving patients with lung infection, four Category 4 cases involving those with lung infection that required oxygen and four Category 5 cases with lung infection that required ventilator support.
Sarawak also saw 1,580 patients recovered and discharged from hospitals statewide, bringing the total number of recovered and discharged cases to 89,919 or 77.15 per cent of overall cases.
There are 25,907 individuals still undergoing treatment at hospital isolation wards in the State. — DayakDaily