Kuching top in Covid-19 daily case count for 11 days straight with 119 cases reported today

An aerial view of the Kuching Waterfront.

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, July 24: Today marked the 11th consecutive day that Kuching remained as the district with the highest Covid-19 daily toll, recording 119 out of 261 new cases confirmed in Sarawak.

The number of cases registered in Kuching since July 14 were 137 (July 14); 137 (July 15); 238 (July 16); 194 (July 17); 130 (July 18); 193 (July 18); 170 (July 20); 106 (July 21); 258 (July 22) and 461 (July 23).

According to the reports by State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) today, Sarawak reported 261 new cases overall, thus increasing the cumulative number of cases to 73,579.

Other than Kuching, districts that saw double-digit case numbers included Lundu (25), Pakan (23), Saratok (17), Serian (13) and Tanjung Manis (12).

The remaining districts with new infections were Sarikei (9), Bintulu (8), Beluru (7), Samarahan (6), Miri (4), Sibu (3), Kapit (3), Bau (3), Betong (2), Subis (2), Belaga (2), Asajaya (1), Mukah (1) and Telang Usan (1).

“Out of the 261 patients today, 156 were detected following close contact screenings where 12 of them were symptomatic.

“Another 43 cases were of individual screenings from active clusters where eight showed signs and symptoms of Covid-19 infection.

“Adding on, there were 13 cases that were of symptomatic screenings from health facilities, 45 cases were from other screenings in health facilities and four Import-B cases who came from Kuala Lumpur and Selangor,” said SDMC in the statement on Covid-19 update today.

On Covid-19 fatality, two new cases were reported today with one each in Kuching and Miri, pushing the Covid-19 death toll up to 455.

The victim in Kuching was a 75-year-old male who had hypertension and chronic lung diseases while the 90-year-old male in Miri also suffered comorbidities, namely hypertension and heart disease.

Meanwhile, 302 patients were discharged from hospitals across Sarawak, so there remain 4,253 active cases in isolation or treatment.

On Covid-19 zones, Sarawak now has 18 red, seven orange, 12 yellow and three green zones. Limbang, Lawas and Daro are the only safe zones as of today. — DayakDaily