406 cases, three deaths

Dr Mohamed Sapian

KUCHING: Sarawak recorded 406 Covid-19 cases and three fatalities on Friday (July 9).

State Health Department director Datuk Dr Mohamed Sapian Mohamed said the cumulative total number of cases stood at 68,247 with a death toll of 431.

He added that Kuching district accounted for 109 new cases; Miri (68); Sibu (36); Sri Aman (34); Bintulu and Sarikei recorded 16 cases each; Bau (14); Subis (12); Mukah (11); and ten cases each recorded in Samarahan, Serian, and Tebedu.

Betong, Tatau, and Telang Usan recorded nine cases each in their districts whereby both Meradong and Selangau recorded seven cases each; Lundu (five); Dalat (four); Kapit (three); Kanowit, Saratok, Song (two cases each); and Asajaya (one).

“Out of the total, 108 cases recorded involved immigration detainees or prison.

“Of the cases, 34 of them are detainees (OKT) at the Batu Lintang Immigration Detention Center in Sri Aman (linked to Benteng Sri Aman Cluster) while the other 56 cases are from detainees at the Miri Central Prison (linked to Tembok Miri Cluster).

“Meanwhile, the remaining 18 cases were from immigration arrests in Kuching district,” he said during a Covid-19 press conference yesterday.

He said that 45 out of the 406 cases are individuals who were symptomatic during the Covid-19 screening.

Meanwhile, there were 516 new recoveries and discharges from hospitals statewide on Friday.

Of these, 227 were from Kapit Hospital and Low-Risk Treatment Centre (PKRC) under it; Bintulu Hospital and the PKRC under it (62); Sarawak General Hospital and PKRC under it (57); Sarikei Hospital and the PKRC under it (45); PKRC Serian (35); Sibu Hospital and PKRC under it (32); Miri Hospital and the PKRC under it (30); Sri Aman Hospital and the PKRC under it (13); PKRC Mukah (10); and PKRC Betong (five).

“These bring the number of recovered and discharged cases thus far to 58,013 or 85 percent of the total number of cases in Sarawak,” he added.

Dr Mohamed Sapian also noted that the three deaths involved elderly individuals with comorbidities.

He mentioned that the first death was an 86-year-old man from Sibu who tested positive on June 26.

“The case was receiving treatment at Sibu Hospital and had a history of high blood pressure and heart disease.

“The second death involved a 70-year-old elderly woman from Bukit Mabong who was treated at Kapit Hospital. She tested positive on May 25 and had a history of asthma.

“The third death was an elderly man aged 78 who was also treated at Kapit Hospital. He, who was from Song district, tested positive on June 15 and had a history of high blood pressure,” he added.