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Covid-19: Sarawak’s new cases today drop to 261 with one death

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Members of the public register for Covid-19 swab tests during active case detection. — Bernama photo

KUCHING (July 21): Sarawak’s new Covid-19 cases today dropped to 261 from 351 yesterday, with only one death, said the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).

It said in its Covid-19 daily update that 21 districts reported new cases with Kuching continued recording the highest at 106.

The district’s new cases, however, was a drop from yesterday’s 170 cases, SDMC added.

Besides Kuching, new cases were also recorded in Meradong with 33 cases, Saratok (30), Serian (17), Sibu (15), Lundu (14), Sri Aman (14), Miri (4), Bau (4), Bintulu (3), Mukah (3), Beluru (3), Bukit Mabong (3), Kapit (2), Pakan (2), Sarikei (2) and Song (2).

Four districts registered only one new case each namely Samarahan, Belaga, Lawas and Tatau.

The state’s cumulative number of Covid-19 cases now stands at 72,213.

The committee said 115 of the new cases today were detected from screenings of individuals with contact to positive cases; 71 from screenings of individuals from existing active clusters; 43 from other screenings at health facilities; and 30 from screenings of symptomatic individuals at health facilities.

“There were also two Import B cases involving individuals who had returned from Sabah and Johor,” it said.

It said the sole death case today was recorded at the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) here involving a 58-year-old man from Serian who had tested positive on July 20.

“The victim, who had a history of hypertension, diabetes and heart disease, was the state’s 450th Covid-19 fatality,” it said.

Meanwhile, a total of 436 recovered Covid-19 patients have been discharged from hospitals and quarantine and low-risk patients treatment centres (PKRC) across the state.

SDMC said 203 were discharged from SGH and PKRC under SGH; 125 from Sibu Hospital and the PKRC under Sibu Hospital; 27 from Bintulu Hospital and the PKRC under Bintulu Hospital; 27 from Miri Hospital and PKRC under Miri Hospital; 26 from PKRC Betong; nine from Sarikei Hospital and the PKRC under Sarikei Hospital; eight from Sri Aman Hospital and PKRC Sri Aman; five from PKRC Serian; four from Kapit Hospital and PKRC under Kapit Hospital; and two from PKRC Mukah.

“The total number of recoveries in the state have now increased to 67,386 or 93.32 per cent out of the overall cases,” said the committee.

It also said that 4,210 patients were still warded and under medical supervision at hospitals and PKRCs throughout the state, where 2,183 were being treated at SGH and PKRC Kuching; 575 at Miri Hospital and PKRC Miri; 422 at Sibu Hospital and PKRC Sibu; 228 at PKRC Serian; 209 at Sarikei Hospital and PKRC Sarikei; 150 at Bintulu Hospital and PKRC Bintulu; 135 at Kapit Hospital and PKRC Kapit; 129 at PKRC Betong; 98 at PKRC Mukah; 77 at Sri Aman Hospital; two each at Limbang Hospital and PKRC Lawas.