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By Adrian Lim
KUCHING, Nov 29: The Covid-19 situation in Sarawak has drastically improved with new Covid-19 cases in the State dropping below 100 cases for the first time after more than eight months.
According to a Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) update, Sarawak reported 98 new Covid-19 cases today.
The State last reported a double-digit increase, that is 83 new cases, on February 12 this year.
From then onwards, Sarawak has been reporting triple-digit increases in new Covid-19 cases daily until yesterday with 158 cases reported.
Meanwhile, the 98 new Covid-19 cases reported today has increased the cumulative number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Sarawak to 250,622.
Five out of the 98 new cases were classified as critical and spread over Categories 3, 4 and 5 while the balance of 93 cases were in Categories 1 and 2.
Breaking it down, one patient requiring intubation was in Category 5, two patients on breathing support were in in Category 4 and two patients with pneumonia were in Category 3.
There were 51 Covid-19 patients with mild symptoms in Category 2 and 42 asymptomatic patients in Category 1.
By district, Kuching remained the top contributor with 34 new cases followed by Miri (17), Sibu (12) and Lawas (10).
Districts reporting less than 10 cases were Bintulu (7), Dalat (5), Samarahan (4), Limbang (2), Kanowit (2), Kapit (2), Matu (1), Song (1) and Asajaya (1).
Districts with zero Covid-19 cases were Serian, Lundu, Simunjan, Betong, Sarikei, Bau, Kabong, Tebedu, Mukah, Daro, Sri Aman, Bukit Mabong, Julau, Sebauh, Belaga, Pusa, Tatau, Beluru, Subis, Pakan, Selangau, Saratok, Meradong, Telang Usan, Tanjung Manis, Lubok Antu and Marudi.
On the other hand, two new Covid-19 deaths were reported in Sarawak bringing the overall death toll to 1,582.
The first involved a 79-year-old woman from Samarahan who was brought-in-dead (BID) and had hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia, chronic kidney disease and heart disease. She passed away on Nov 26.
The second was a 78-year-old man from Kuching who had hypertension, diabetes and heart disease and succumbed to Covid-19 on Nov 27.
No new clusters were identified and no new new cases were reported from existing active clusters.
Currently, four clusters remain active in Sarawak, namely the Putai 2 Cluster in Bukit Mabong, Ensurai Cluster in Limbang, and Jalan Sultan Tengah Rampangi Cluster and Jalan Ong Tiang Swee Cluster, both in Kuching. — DayakDaily