405 new cases, one death

KUCHING: Sarawak recorded 405 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the state’s tally to 36,726.

In a statement, the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said 289 of these new cases, or 71.36 percent, were detected in the districts of Kapit, Sibu, Bintulu, Miri, and Kuching.

Breakdown of new cases

SDMC said 79 of the new cases were recorded in Kapit District, Sibu (68), Bintulu (60), Miri (47), Kuching (35), Mukah (17), Samarahan (17), Subis (16), Serian (13), Sebauh (nine), Pakan (eight), Sri Aman (eight), Tebedu (six), Selangau (six), Lundu (four), Song (four), Bukit Mabong (three), Pusa (two), Tatau (one), Kanowit (one), and Sarikei (one).

“Of the 405 new cases reported, 34 people showed signs and symptoms of Covid-19 infection during screening.”

346 individuals were those who had been given quarantine orders.

On the overall breakdown of the 405 new cases, SDMC said 308 were people who had contact with positive cases, 38 were related to existing active clusters, 30 were from symptomatic individual screenings at health facilities, 29 were from other screenings at health facilities, and one case involved a person who had returned from other districts within Sarawak (Import C).

One new Covid-19 death

SDMC said one new death was reported on Wednesday, bringing the state’s Covid-19 death toll to 212.

“The 212th death is Case 32,392, a local man aged 43 from Beluru District. He had received treatment at Miri Hospital as he was experiencing shortness of breath.”

The case was found to have had symptoms of fever and cough for three days before receiving treatment.

“The swab taken on May 3 for reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing was positive for Covid-19.”

The case passed away on May 11. He had diabetes, high blood pressure and chronic kidney disease.

Recovered and discharged cases

SDMC said yesterday, 494 new cases had recovered and been discharged from hospitals in the state.

Of these, 113 cases were from Miri Hospital and Low-Risk Treatment Centre (PKRC), Sarikei Hospital and PKRC (83), Bintulu Hospital and PKRC (81), Sibu Hospital and PKRC (74), Kapit Hospital and PKRC (42), Mukah PKRC (38), Sarawak General Hospital and PKRC (34), Betong PKRC (16), Serian PKRC (seven), Sri Aman Hospital (five), and Limbang Hospital (one).

“This increases the number of recovered and discharged cases to 29,890, or 81.39 per cent of the total number of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak.”

There are still 6,544 people being isolated and treated at hospital wards and PKRCs throughout the state.

“406 new persons-under-investigation (PUIs) have been reported and no PUIs are awaiting lab results.”