Sarawak records highest Covid-19 cases for 2 consecutive days

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / pic by TMR FILE 

SARAWAK has surpassed Selangor once again in recording the highest number of new Covid-19 cases in the country for two days in a row with 3,200 cases yesterday.

Selangor, which had always topped the list, recorded 2,407 cases followed by Johor with 2,174.

Overall, Malaysia recorded 18,547 new cases yesterday, marginally higher than Monday, taking the country’s cumulative total up to 1.86 million.

States that saw the lowest positive cases were Labuan with four, followed by Perlis (20) and Putrajaya (22), all of which posted a decrease in positive cases than the previous day.

According to Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, the use of beds in hospitals due to Covid-19 has also seen a dip to 17,885 (72%) from 18,257 (76%) on Monday.

In the intensive care units (ICUs), bed usage had reduced from 1,586 (86%) to 1,561 (68%).

As of yesterday, the ICUs were treating 1,318 patients, where 735 require breathing aids.

A total of 311 fatalities were also recorded, increasing the cumulative total to 18,802 while 18,902 patients had recovered.

Meanwhile, on vaccination, a total of 36.75 million doses have been distributed as of yesterday.

“Overall in Malaysia, at least 20.68 million people have received one dose, while those that have completed their dosage stands at 16.11 million.

“This mark 63.3% of the population who have received their first dose, and 49.3% fully vaccinated,” Dr Noor Hisham said in a social media post.

For the adult population, 88.3% have received their first vaccination and 68.8% have received complete dosages. In Sibu, 9,289 secondary school students aged between 16-year-old and 17 years old will begin getting vaccinated today, Bernama reported.

According to the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force, Sibu Division, students from 33 secondary schools would be given the Comirnaty (Pfizer-BioNTech) vaccine.

Three static vaccine administering centres (PPV) will be operating, namely at Dewan Suarah Sibu, Dewan Serbaguna Sibu Jaya and Dewan Pejabat Daerah Kanowit while mobile PPVs will be operating at SMK Ulu Balingian.

Meanwhile, the National Security Council announced that Kampung Sugiang Baru in Tenom and Kampung Rapak in Ranau, Sabah will be placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order from tomorrow until Sept 22.