573 new cases, two deaths


KUCHING: Sarawak recorded 573 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday (Aug 7) — 79 cases fewer than the previous day’s 652 — with two fatalities recorded.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said the cumulative number of cases now stood at 80,747 while the death toll stood at 468.

Kuching District accounted for 261 new cases; Serian (79); Simunjan (41); Samarahan (29); Sibu (28); Bau (21); Mukah (14); Sri Aman, Lundu, Selangau (12 each); and Miri (11).

There were nine cases recorded in Meradong; seven each in Subis and Dalat; and six each in Bintulu and Kapit.

Four new cases were recorded in Asajaya and Tebedu each; two each in Saratok and Lawas; and one each in Kanowit, Song, Marudi, Tatau, Kabong, and Pakan.

SDMC said 323 cases were individuals who had close contact with positive Covid-19 cases while 60 were individuals in active clusters.

There were 58 cases from screening of symptomatic individuals at health facilities, 130 from other screenings at health facilities, and two cases were Import B cases where the individuals had returned from Sabah.

Meanwhile, SDMC said that there were 277 patients who had been discharged from hospitals and low risk quarantine and treatment centres (PKRC) statewide, bringing the number of active cases to 7,152.

Of these, 143 were from Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) and its PKRC; PKRC Serian (42); PKRC Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) (37); Miri Hospital and its PKRC as well as Sibu Hospital and its PKRC (15 each).

There were nine cases each from PKRC Betong; PKRC Mukah (seven); Bintulu Hospital and its PKRC (five); Sarikei Hospital and its PKRC (three); and one case from Kapit Hospital and its PKRC.

The number of recovered and discharged cases now stands at 72,948 or 90.34 percent of the total number of cases in the state.

On another note, the committee added that the two fatalities were of those who had comorbidities.

The 467th death was a 22-year-old local woman from Kuching who was brought in dead (BID) to SGH. The case was tested positive on Aug 4 and had a history of obesity.

The second death was a 57-year-old local man from Serian who was admitted to SGH as well. He was tested positive on July 31 and had high blood pressure and dyslipidaemia.

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