A total of 99.74 per cent of the 2,707 new Covid-19 infections in Sarawak today were asymptomatic and mild cases, said the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).
The Sarawak SDMC said in a statement that, of the new cases, 1,788 cases were in Category One (no symptoms); 912 in Category Two (mild symptoms), one in Category Three (lung infections), two in Category Four (requiring oxygen) and four in Category Five (requiring ventilator).
“With the increased number of new cases, the cumulative infections in the state is now at 179,788,” it added.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah today said brought in dead (BID) cases involving Covid-19 patients in Sarawak’s rural areas could have been prevented if they had sought treatment at the government hospitals.
He said such prompt action would save them and reduce BID cases from longhouses and rural areas.
“Anyone with symptoms such as low grade fever, cough and sore throat and loss sense of smell must come for testing and medical review by health personnel at the nearest hospital or health clinic,” Uggah said after a meeting with Betong Division Health Officer Dr Johnny Pangkas to discuss a health education programme for folks in Betong Division.
Genomic sequencing by Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) on Covid-19 variants in Sarawak has again confirmed that Delta is “currently the dominant circulating Covid-19 variant”, said Dr David Perera.
The Unimas Institute of Health and Community Medicine (IHCM) director revealed that as of August 31, a total of 303 additional Variants of Concern (VOCs) were detected from 307 positive cases sequenced by IHCM.
“All VOCs detected were of the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant. The overall Delta variant detection rate of 99 per cent observed in this report represents an increase from the 82 per cent reported recently by IHCM on August 2.
The Delta variant continues to be the dominant Covid-19 variant in Sarawak, as confirmed through genomic sequencing by Universiti Malaysia Sarawak's Institute of Health and Community Medicine (IHCM).
Institute director Prof Dr David Perera said 303 additional cases involving variants of concern (VOC) were detected out of 307 positive samples sequenced as of Aug 31.
"All the VOC cases detected were of the Delta variant. The overall Delta detection rate of 99% observed in this report is an increase from the 82% reported on Aug 28.
"Thus the data suggests that the Delta variant is currently the dominant circulating variant in Sarawak," he said in a statement on Monday (Sept 13).
Sarawak recorded an all-time high of 5,291 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday (Sept 12) but its health authorities have pointed out that there is a reporting backlog of up to five days in many instances.
This brings the state's cumulative case count to 156,798.
Sarawak Health Department director Datuk Dr Mohamed Sapian Mohamed said in a statement that for the eighth consecutive day since Sept 5, the number of daily cases exceeded 3,000.
He said the 5,291 new cases were detected from 28,065 tests.
A total of 99.94 per cent of Sarawak’s 5,291 new Covid-19 cases today consisted of Categories 1 and 2 cases involving asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic patients, said the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).
It said in its Covid-19 daily update that only three cases were of Category 3, 4 and 5.
Category three refers to cases with pneumonia but not requiring oxygen while categories four and five are patients with pneumonia requiring oxygen and requiring ventilator support respectively.
Sarawak will review its existing standard operating procedures (SOPs) for individuals entering the state, including the 14-day mandatory quarantine as the state transits from the pandemic to endemic phase.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said apart from the high vaccination rate among the adult population, Sarawak has also begun vaccinating teens below 18.
"Once we complete the Covid-19 vaccination programme for the teenagers, it will further boost the immune system among our people and reduce the serious effects of the disease.
"We will then allow more economic sectors to reopen as well as review certain SOPs, including the 14-day mandatory quarantine upon entering the state," he said.
Nearly all the 3,200 new Covid-19 cases reported in Sarawak on Tuesday (Sept 7) have mild to no symptoms.
The state disaster management committee said cases in Categories One (asymptomatic) and Category Two (mild symptoms) accounted for 99.75% of all cases.
"There were eight cases in Category Five (symptomatic and requiring ventilator)," it said in a statement.
The committee also said seven deaths were reported in the state including four cases of brought-in-dead (BID).
Sarawak today recorded 15 Covid-19 deaths, the highest recorded by the state within 24 hours, said the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).
In its daily update statement, SDMC said that nine deaths were recorded in Kuching, two in Serian and one each in Samarahan, Betong, Saratok and Sibu.
The nine deaths from Kuching involved individuals aged between 60 to 97 and all of them passed away at the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH).
Malaysia will begin vaccinating teenagers under 18 next week, starting with Sarawak, says Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin (pic).
"We will start with teens next week in Sarawak, as the state has reached its benchmark of 80% vaccinated adults,” said Khairy, in a media interview on his ministry’s plans for the next 100 days.
The new Health Minister said the ministry will set a target for adolescents’ vaccination according to the supply of vaccines it gets.
"I am hoping that as many teens as possible will get vaccinated in the next 100 days.
“We want that at the start of the school term next year, all teens have completed their vaccination,” said Khairy.
About 99.85 per cent or 2,021 of the 2,024 new daily cases of Covid-19 recorded in Sarawak today are in categories 1 (no symptoms) and 2 (minor symptoms).
The State Disaster Management Committee (JPBN) said one case was in category 4 (lung infection and needing oxygen) while two cases were in category 5 (lung infection and requiring ventilator).
The JPBN also reported two more deaths today from Covid-19, bringing the cumulative number to 510 people.
It said among the areas recording a high number of cases were Kuching with 848, followed by Samarahan (200), Serian (198) and Sibu (161).
Sarawak's overall Covid-19 tally rose above 100,000 as 1,543 new cases were reported on Tuesday (Aug 24).
The state disaster management committee said Kuching registered the most number of new cases with 812, followed by Subis (142) and Bau (74).
Another 28 districts reported between one and 68 cases each, taking the state's cumulative number to 101,381.