600 new cases and one death recorded

KUCHING: Sarawak recorded 600 new cases and one fatality today, pushing the state total number of cases to 25,129.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said 110 of these cases were reported in Bintulu, Sibu (98), Kuching (83), Meradong (54), Kapit (41), Tatau (38), Mukah (31), Sarikei (25), Miri (24), Song (20), Kanowit (13), 10 each in Serian and Betong, Beluru (seven), six each in Selangau, Subis and Kabong, five each in Marudi and Samarahan, Saratok (four), Pakan (three) and Julau (one).

“A total of 425 cases were persons who had close contact with Covid-19 cases while 116 were individuals screened in active clusters.

“There were 37 symptomatic individuals screened at health facilities while 19 were from other screenings at health facilities.

“Two Import B cases involved individuals returning from other states in Malaysia and there is one Import A case involving an individual returning from overseas, namely India,” he said.

He mentioned that one fatality was a 74-year-old local man who was admitted to Sarikei Hospital for having fever for a few days.

“The man was given assistance because he had breathing difficulties. An rt-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) test was conducted and he was confirmed Covid-19 positive on April 14.

“The man who passed away on April 19 had blood pressure, dyslipidemia, anemia, and was in the last stage of kidney disease,” he said.

On the number of new cases that have recovered and were discharged, he said that there were 521.

“Of these, 260 were from low-risk quarantine centre (PKRC) Penjara Sri Aman, PKRC under Sibu Hospital (75), Sarawak General Hospital (39), PKRC under Miri Hospital (36), Sarikei Hospital (33), PKRC Betong (32), PKRC under Kapit Hospital (30), PKRC Mukah (seven), Sri Aman Hospital (six), Bintulu Hospital (two) and PKRC Serian (one).

“These bring the number of recovered and discharged cases thus far to 19,227 or 76.51 percent of the total number of cases in Sarawak,” he said.

He added that 5,695 cases are still being isolated and treated at PKRCs and hospital wards.

“A total of 596 persons-under-investigation (PUI) have been reported and five of them are awaiting laboratory results,” he said.