433 new cases, 1 death on May 17

KUCHING: Sarawak recorded 433 new Covid-19 positive cases and one death yesterday.

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), in its statement, said the death toll was 225.

It said 268 or 61.89 percent of the new cases were detected in Miri, Kapit, Sibu, Kuching and Belaga districts.

The districts that recorded cases yesterday were Miri with 69 cases; Kapit (61); Sibu (48); Kuching (47); Belaga (43); Bintulu (29); Pakan (25); Selangau (16); Samarahan (14); Bukit Mabong (10); Daro (nine); Sarikei (seven); Kanowit (six); five each in Pusa, Sri Aman, Bau, and Mukah; four each in Subis, Song, and Beluru; three each in Sebauh, and Serian; two each in Matu, Tatau, Tebedu, and Betong; and one each in Tanjung Manis, Asajaya and Meradong.

“Fifty-eight people showed signs and experienced symptoms of Covid-19 infection during screenings,” SDMC said.

As of yesterday, the number of recoveries and discharged across the state was 434 while 6,381 people were still receiving treatment.

The total number of positive cases that had recovered or   discharged to date was 32,126 people or 82.76 percent of the total number of Covid-19 cases in the state.

Meanwhile, 443 new persons under investigation (PUIs) were reported while one was awaiting laboratory test result.

The fatality reported yesterday involved a 70-year-old who was admitted to the Low-Risk Quarantine and Treatment Centre (PKRC) in Sibu.

The person tested positive on Apr 29 through close contact screening.

“The case had no symptoms and was allowed to be quarantined at home.

“However, while receiving follow up treatment at the Tatau Health Clinic, the case began to experience breathing difficulty and was directly referred to the Bintulu Hospital,” said SDMC.

The case’s health deteriorated and the person, who had high blood pressure and gout, passed away on May 15.