494 new cases, two deaths recorded

KUCHING:  Sarawak recorded 494 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday (Aug 3), an increase of 83 cases from the previous day’s 411 cases.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said the cumulative total number of cases now stood at 78,211.

Kuching district accounted for 307 new cases; Serian (57); Subis (32); Bintulu and Samarahan 18 cases each; Bau (nine); Miri and Sibu eight cases each.

There were six cases reported in Kabong and Simunjan respectively; Pakan and Tatau five cases each; Lundu and Selangau four cases each; Lawas (three); Asajaya (two); Tebedu and Sarikei one case each.

The committee said 338 cases were individuals who had close contacts with positive cases while 78 cases were from active clusters.

There are 28 cases from screenings of symptomatic individuals at health facilities, 49 cases from other screenings at health facilities and one Import B case of an individual returning from Sabah.

There were two fatalities recorded in which the state’s 463rd death was a local 75-year-old male who passed away at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH).

He was confirmed Covid-19 positive on July 22; he had high blood pressure, diabetes and dyslipidaemia.

The 464th death was a local 70-year-old male who passed away at Bintulu Hospital, he was confirmed Covid-19 positive on July 8 and had high blood pressure.

On another note, the committee said 220 patients were discharged from hospitals and low-risk treatment centres (PKRCs), bringing the number of active cases to 6,078.

Of the discharged cases, 71 were from PKRC Betong; SGH and its PKRC (34); Sri Aman Hospital and its PKRC (24); Miri Hospital and its PKRC (21); PKRC Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) (20); PKRC Serian (18); Bintulu Hospital and its PKRC (15).

Eight cases were discharged from Sibu Hospital and its PKRC as well as Sarikei Hospital and its PKRC respectively; PKRC Lawas (one).

The number of recovered and discharged cases is now at 71,490 or 91.41 percent of the total number of cases in the state.