By Ling Hui
KUCHING, July 23: The overall Covid-19 caseload in Sarawak has dropped to 461 from yesterday (July 20)’s 644 while Kuching maintains its top position with 184 new cases today.
According to the reports by State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), this is the 10th consecutive day that Kuching remains the district with the highest number of daily toll since July 14.
The number of cases registered in Kuching since that day 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) and 258 (July 22).
Today, districts that recorded zero Covid-19 cases were Betong, Pakan, Lawas, Song, Tebedu, Bukit Mabong, Kabong, Belaga, Limbang, Kanowit, Lubok Antu, Matu, Marudi, Julau, Pusa, Sebauh, Tanjung Manis and Daro.
Other than Kuching, districts that saw double-digit case numbers included Simunjan (30), Bintulu (29), Dalat (29), Serian (28), Sibu (28), Miri (26), Samarahan (22), Bau (20), Sri Aman (11) and Beluru (10).
The remaining districts with new infections today were Subis (9), Saratok (7), Lundu (6), Asajaya (5), Mukah (3), Kapit (3), Telang Usan (3), Selangau (3), Meradong (2), Tatau (2) and Sarikei (1).
With that, SDMC said the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak as of today stood at 73,318.
“Out of the 461 patients today, 289 were detected following close contact screenings where 25 of them were symptomatic.
“Another 97 cases were of individual screenings from active clusters where 13 showed signs and symptoms of Covid-19 infection.
“Adding on, there were 38 cases that were of symptomatic screenings from health facilities and 37 cases were from other screenings in health facilities,” it said in the statement on Covid-19 update today.
On Covid-19 fatality, three new cases were reported today, with two in Sibu and one in Bintulu, thus raising the Covid-19 death toll to 453.
The three victims were aged between 59 to 91 years old and all of them suffered comorbidities.
Meanwhile, 637 patients were discharged from hospitals across Sarawak, so there remain 4,298 active cases in isolation or treatment.
On Covid-19 zones, Sarawak now has 17 red, nine orange, 10 yellow and four green zones. Tanjung Manis, Limbang, Lawas and Daro are the only safe zones as of today. — DayakDaily