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Sarawak to vaccinate children aged 3 to 11 from Feb 1

Sarawak

Sarawak is expected to begin vaccinating children aged three to 11 against Covid-19 from next month, says deputy chief minister Dr Sim Kui Hian. He said the state government had made preparations for the vaccinations as the state moves to Phase 4 of the NRP on Monday (Jan 3).

Four new Omicron cases detected in Sarawak

Sarawak

Four cases of the B.1.1.1.529 or Omicron variant of Covid-19 have been detected in Sarawak, says Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) Institute of Health and Community Medicine director Prof David Perera. He said two of the cases were reported in Bintulu, involving a 52-year-old man who had returned from Nigeria and underwent a swab test on Dec 19, and a 19-year-old youth returning from the United Kingdom who did a swab test on Dec 14. "Another two cases were detected in Kuching. One involved a 25-year-old woman who returned from the UK and had a swab test on Dec 22 while the fourth case was a female with no recent history of travel, which suggests possibility of local transmission,” he said in a statement on Friday (Dec 24).

New Covid-19 cases in Sarawak back to two digits

Sarawak

The number of Covid-19 new cases in Sarawak continued to show a decline when it returned to two digits today, with 98 cases recorded compared to 158 yesterday. The State Disaster Management Committee in a statement said that of the new cases, only five had lung infection and requiring respiratory support while 93 cases had mild or no symptoms. “Among the areas recording a high number of cases today are Kuching with 34 cases, followed by Miri (17), Sibu (12) and Lawas (10), bringing the cumulative number in Sarawak to 250,622,” it said. Besides that, two more deaths from Covid-19 were recorded in the state today.

Only 2.4pc of Sarawak’s 750 new Covid-19 cases in Categories 3-5

Sarawak

A total of 732 or 97.6 per cent of Sarawak’s 750 new Covid-19 cases today were in Categories 1 and 2, involving asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic patients. According to the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in its daily Covid-19 update today, four cases were in Category 3, while Category 4 had eight cases and Category 5 had six. This accounts for 2.4 per cent of the total number of new cases in the state today. Patients in Category 3 have pneumonia but do not require oxygen support, while patients in Category 4 have pneumonia requiring oxygen support. Category 5 patients have pneumonia and require ventilator support.

749 new Covid-19 cases recorded in Sarawak today

Sarawak

The number of new Covid-19 cases in Sarawak remained below four figures for the third consecutive day, with 749 cases recorded today. The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said in a statement that of that total, only 13 cases involved patients who had lung infections and needed respiratory assistance. It also said that 13 new fatalities were recorded between October 9 and October 18, involving individuals aged between 45 and 91 with a history of high blood pressure, diabetes and other diseases.

Tanah Puteh specialist confirms 310 medical frontliners received Covid-19 booster shots at Tanah Puteh health clinic since Oct 15

Sarawak

A total of 310 medical frontliners have received their booster dose of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at Tanah Puteh health clinic here from Oct 15 to 16. According to Tanah Puteh family medicine specialist Dr Muhamad Irfan Yasin Ali Uddin, the medical frontiners were from Tanah Puteh health clinic, Sekama and Jalan Bintawa children and mother clinics, Tabuan Community Clinic, Sarawak pharmaceutical logistic branch and Covid-19 One Stop Centre. “At this moment, we are only focusing on the medical frontliners, and once the MySejahtera mobile application has been updated with Covid-19 booster and third dose feature, we will focus on the adult group with comorbidities,” he said when met this morning during the booster shot vaccination programme.

SDMC says only 1.89pc of new cases in Sarawak involve lung infection

Sarawak

Only 1.89 per cent or 20 of the 1,061 Covid-19 positive cases in Sarawak today involve lung infection which require oxygen support and use of ventilators. State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a statement said the other 98.11 per cent or 1,041 cases had mild or no symptoms. “The additional positive cases today have brought the cumulative number to 228,736 in Sarawak. “Among the areas recording a high number of cases are Kuching with 278, followed by Miri (235), Sibu (155) and Bintulu (56),” it said.

99.39 per cent of new cases in Sarawak today involve Categories 1, 2

Sarawak

A total of 99.39 per cent, or 2,108 of the 2,121 Covid-19 positive cases in Sarawak today involved those in Categories One and Two, namely asymptomatic or with mild symptoms. According to the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (JPBN), the remaining 13 cases involved lung infections that required oxygen assistance and ventilators. “Among the areas that recorded the highest number of cases is Kuching, with 899 cases, followed by Miri (200), Sibu (153), Bintulu (88) and Sarikei (86),” read the statement.

Sarawak civil servants urged to get vaccinated although not mandatory

Sarawak

The Public Service Department's decision to make it mandatory for all federal civil servants to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 can provide confidence and assurance to the public as well as ensure the smooth delivery of services. Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) Tupong assemblyman Fazzuddin Abdul Rahman said this was in tandem with the federal government's target to lift the restriction on interstate travel in three weeks, when the country's vaccination rate hits 90 per cent. He said although Covid-19 vaccination is not compulsory for Sarawak's state civil servants, it is prudent that all Sarawakians get protected by obtaining the Covid-19 vaccine jab.

Only 13 of 2,967 new Covid-19 cases in Sarawak have lung infection

Sarawak

Only 13 of the 2,967 Covid-19 positive cases in Sarawak today involve lung infection, requiring oxygen support and ventilators. The State Disaster Management Committee (JPBN) said the other 2,954 cases had none or mild symptoms, bringing the cumulative number in Sarawak to 207,137. In a statement, it also disclosed that 26 more deaths from the viral infection were recorded in Sarawak between Sept 19 and 28.

In Sarawak, 1,200 children of army, Mindef personnel receive first dose of vaccine

Sarawak

A total of 1,200 children of Malaysian Army (TDM) and Defence Ministry (Mindef) personnel in Sarawak, aged between 12 and 17, received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine today. Malaysian Army First Division Infantry assistant director-general (health services) Colonel Dr Meor Adzhary Sagiruddin said a total of five vaccination centres (PPV), namely a drive-thru centre in Kuching and Sibu respectively, and one PPV each in Sri Aman, Bintulu and Miri had been opened throughout Sarawak for the initiative. “Vaccinations will be done simultaneously today except in Miri, which will begin tomorrow. We expect everything to be completed by tomorrow.

15-year-old boy among 12 fatalities recorded in Sarawak, says SDMC

Sarawak

A 15-year-old boy was among the 12 Covid-19 fatalities recorded in Sarawak, said the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) today. “He passed away in Miri Hospital on September 19. He had suffered brain injury following an accident in July and needed special care,” the committee said in its daily Covid-19 update. The other fatalities were mostly elderly individuals in their 60s, 80s and 90s, said SDMC. It said that on September 10, a 66-year-old woman passed away in Betong Hosital. She had comorbidities of hypertension and stroke.