Sarawak logs record high 2,992 Covid-19 cases, 7 deaths including 2 BID in single day

An info-graphic of the Covid-19 cases in Sarawak as of Sept 2, 2021.

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KUCHING, Sept 2: Sarawak set a grim milestone today, recording its highest ever daily total with 2,992 new Covid-19 cases and seven fatalities including two brought-in-dead (BID). 

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in its daily updates on the Covid-19 situation in Sarawak, reported that the total number of infections in the State since the pandemic now stands at 121,964.

Despite setting a new daily high, 2,986 or 99.8 per cent of new cases reported today were under Categories 1 and 2, while there was one case under Category 3 (lung infections), two cases under Category 4 (lung infections and require oxygen) and three cases under Category 5 (lung infections and require ventilator support). 

By district, Kuching remained in top position with 1,342 new cases, followed by six districts registering double-digit increases: Sibu (282), Samarahan (147), Lundu (134), Betong (117), Bintulu (110) and Lubok Antu (105). 

Twenty-eight other districts also registered new cases, comprising Belaga (93); Pusa (77); Simunjan (72); Bau (71); Sri Aman (64); Serian (50); Subis (40); Bukit Mabong (38); Asajaya and Miri (31 each; Kapit (29); Tatau (27); Song (25); Meradong (23); Sarikei (15); Kanowit and Pakan (11 each); Selangau (10); Mukah and Julau (9 each); Saratok, Sebauh and Tebedu (4 each); Lawas (2); while Kabong, Dalat, Beluru, Marudi and Telang Usan has one case each. 

Of the new cases today, 2,151 individuals were close contacts to positive cases, 307 were detected from symptomatic screenings, 298 from other screenings and 234 were linked to active clusters. 

There were also two imported cases reported involving returnees from Sabah. 

As for the fatalities, the two BID cases were from Tebedu and Song respectively. 

The deceased from Tebedu was a 68-year-old woman with comorbidity of hypertension, diabetes and kidney disease. She tested positive for Covid-19 on Aug 30. Her body was transferred to the Serian Hospital. 

The deceased from Song was a 78-year-old woman with comorbidity of hypertension and stroke. She tested positive for Covid-19 on Aug 30. Her body was transferred to the Kapit Hospital. 

There were three deaths reported via Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) involving a 68-year-old man from Sri Aman, an 81-year-old woman from Kuching and a 77-year-old man from Kuching. 

The remaining two deaths were recorded from Sibu Hospital involving a 40-year-old woman from Sibu and in Miri Hospital involving a 56-year-old from Subis.

All the five victims were comorbid. 

However, Sarawak also recorded 968 recoveries, thus taking the total number of patients discharged from hospitals throughout the State to 93,123 of 76.35 per cent of total positive cases. — DayakDaily