Covid-19: Sarawak records 963 new cases, almost 90% of which were asymptomatic

SIBU: Sarawak recorded four deaths, six new clusters and 963 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday (Aug 15).

All four deaths were reported at Sarawak General Hospital which involved two men, aged 80 and 83, and two women, aged 71 and 72.

The six new clusters, all in Kuching, contributed to a total of 135 new cases.

State Disaster Management Committee in a statement said 53% or 510 new cases were reported in Kuching.

"These cases were detected via the active case detection exercises which were carried out by the Kuching Divisional Health Office among close contacts, as well as targeted screening in enhanced movement control order areas and workplaces," it said.

The committee added that premises or offices that are found to have Covid-19 infection would be ordered to close for sanitisation and all exposed contacts would be screened and given quarantine instructions.

"To date, there are six factories, one kindergarten, one restaurant and one supermarket in Kuching that are still closed for 14 days for workplace transmission.

"In addition, there are also premises that closed voluntarily and are being monitored by the Kuching Divisional Health Office," it said.

The districts with three-digit cases were Samarahan (119) and Serian (103), while those reporting two-digit cases included Betong (44), Bau (33), Sibu (25), Sri Aman (22), Bintulu (19), Simunjan (18), Mukah and Tebedu (12 each) and Asajaya (10).

Others were Kabong and Tatau (six each), Belaga and Meradong (four each), Miri and Kanowit (three each), Lundu, Kapit and Song (two each), and one each in Selangau, Dalat, Sebauh and Telang Usan.

The others were Meradong and Asajaya (six each), Kapit (four), Pusa (three), Lubok Antu, Subis, Tebedu and Beluru (two each) while one each were detected in Kanowit, Simunjan, Sarikei and Telang Usan.

Cumulatively, the total number of cases stands at 87,006 since the pandemic first began.

The committee added that of the new cases, 670 of them were detected from screenings of individuals with contact to positive cases; 82 from screenings of individuals from existing active clusters; 73 from screenings of symptomatic individuals at health facilities; and 135 from other screenings at health facilities.

"Of the new cases, 87.12% or 839 involved Category 1 (asymptomatic) and 12.67% or 122 involved Category 2 (mild symptoms).

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