Sarawak records lowest daily Covid-19 cases to date

Uggah fielding questions from the press.

By Geryl Ogilvy

KUCHING, Apr 23: Sarawak recorded four new Covid-19 positive cases today, among the lowest daily increase since the first reported case on March 13.

This brings the total accumulative cases of Covid-19 in the state to 459, said the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.

The four new Covid-19 positive cases were reported in Samarahan, Miri, Asajaya and Simunjan.

The committee also reported that 27 patients have recovered and been discharged form the hospitals. Of the number, 21 cases were discharged from the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH), Sibu Hospital (2), Bintulu Hospital (1), and Miri Hospital (3).

In total, 131 patients have recovered and discharged in Sarawak to date, which translated to 28.54 per cent of the total positive cases. The death toll remained at 16 or 3.49 per cent, as no fatalities were recorded.

Data released by SDMC revealed that 312 cases are currently being treated at the hospitals, with seven in the Intensive Care Unit and five needing respiratory assistance.

“However, the number of persons-under-investigation (PUI) has increased to 257 compared to 155 cases recorded yesterday. This was due to the strengthening of tracing works by our task force especially in the Kuching division,” he told a media briefing on the Covid-19 updates in Sarawak here today.

The deputy chief minister said two more districts have been declared green zones, namely Sibu and Sarikei, which were previously classified as yellow zones.

Kuching and Samarahan remained as red zones, Miri classified as orange zone and nine districts, namely Bau, Asajaya, Simunjan, Serian, Tebedu, Betong, Sri Aman, Bintulu and Limbang classified as yellow zones.

Uggah said 28 districts in Sarawak are now classified as green zones, which translated to about 70 per cent.

The districts included Lundu, Lubok Antu, Saratok, Pusa, Kabong, Meradong, Julau, Pakan, Kanowit, Mukah, Matu, Dalat, Daro, Kapit, Song, Belaga, Selangau, Tatau, Sebauh, Tanjung Manis, Bukit Mabong, Subis, Beluru, Telang Usan and Lawas.—DayakDaily