Kuching, Samarahan account for 73 per cent of Sarawak’s 835 new Covid-19 cases

New Covid-19 cases registered in Sarawak on Aug 17, 2021.

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KUCHING, Aug 16: Kuching and Samarahan are the two districts in Sarawak that registered triple digit cases of Covid-19 with 464 and 142 respectively, which account for 72.57 per cent of the daily caseload of 835 cases today.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), in its daily updates on Covid-19 situation in Sarawak, said the new 835 cases today has increased the state tally of positive cases to 89,407.

The majority of today’s new cases or 698 (83.59 per cent) are from Category 1 (asymptomatic) and 136 (16.29 per cent) from Category 2 (mild symptoms).


However, there is one patient from Category 5 with lung infections and required ventilator support.

Another 26 districts in Sarawak which registered new cases include Serian (40); Pusa (33); Bau (22); Simunjan (17); Bintulu, Lundu and Dalat (15 each); Sibu and Sri Aman (10 each); Tebedu (8); Mukah and Song (7 each); Miri (6); Tatau (5); Lawas (3); Kapit, Asajaya, Kabong, Subis and Selangau (2 each); while Sarikei, Lubok Antu, Saratok, Belaga, Sebauh, and Bukit Mabong recorded one case each.

Of the cases, 439 cases are individuals with contacts to positive cases, 187 cases are individuals from active clusters and 61 cases are detected from symptomatic screening.

There are also three imported cases involving returnees from Johor and Selangor.

Sarawak also reported two Covid-19 fatalities involving a 79-year-old man from Kanowit who passed away in Sibu Hospital on Aug 12, and a 77-year-old woman from Serian who was pronounced dead on Aug 10 at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH). Both deceased suffered comorbidities.

SMDC also informed that a total of 581 patients have recovered and discharged, which accounted for 88.51 per cent of the total cases in Sarawak.

Meanwhile, there are still 9,598 active cases receiving treatment or being isolated in healthcare facilities as well as Quarantine and Low-Risk Treatment Centres (PKRCs) across the State.— DayakDaily