By S. Harrish
THIRTEEN new cases of Covid-19 were detected nationwide over the last 24 hours while the death toll increased with another fatality.
The latest death involves a 63-year-old woman in Samariang Baru, Kuching, Sarawak, who had a history of chronic illness.
Health Department director general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the woman developed symptoms, including a fever and cough, on July 3 and received treatment on July 9.
She was then referred to the Sarawak General Hospital for further treatment but succumbed to her illness.
Meanwhile, Sarawak recorded only one new case today.
Of the 13 new cases, Dr Noor Hisham said three were imported cases while the others were local infections.
The 10 local infections were recorded in Johor, Pahang, Sabah and Sarawak.
Seven of these cases are in Johor, involving one foreign national and six locals. All the cases are from the Bukit Tiram cluster near Johor Baru.
With today’s case in Sarawak, the state has now recorded 650 cases.
The latest case is from the Sentosa cluster, making it the 21st case from the cluster.
The State Disaster Management Committee said there are now nine active clusters in Sarawak.
It said that Kuching currently has 38 local infections and 14 imported cases.
The state has also decided that effective Aug 1 to 14, all Malaysians entering Sarawak will be quarantined in hotels, with their samples taken on the second day.
Only if their PCR test returns negative, they will be allowed to go home.