725 new cases, three deaths

KUCHING: Sarawak recorded 725 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday (Aug 14), which was10 cases more than the previous day.

There were three fatalities.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said the cumulative total number of cases now stood at 86,043 while the death toll went up to 482.

Kuching district accounted for 358 new cases; Serian (105); Samarahan (63); Bau (45); Sibu (25); while Bintulu and Simunjan had 19 each; Tatau (16); Kabong (14); Tebedu (13) and Sri Aman recorded 11.

There were eight cases recorded in Lundu; six in Miri while Asajaya and Betong had four each.

Mukah, Kapit, Pusa, and Selangau recorded two new cases each while there was one cash each in Sarikei, Kanowit, Dallat, Saratok, Beluru, Song and Julau.

The SDMC said 357 cases were individuals who had close contact with Covid-19 cases while 165 were individuals in active clusters.

There were 89 cases from screening of symptomatic individuals at health facilities, 111 from other screenings at health facilities, and three cases were Import A cases where the individuals had returned from Cameroon.

“Based on the clinical categories, 580 cases or 80 percent are in Category 1 (asymptomatic) while 143 cases or 19.72 percent are in Category 2 (mild symptoms); one case or 0.14 percent in Category 3 (lung infection) and one case or 0.14 percent was in Category 5 (lung infection and needed ventilator support),” SDMC said.

Meanwhile, the committee said there were 746 patients who had been discharged from hospitals and low risk quarantine and treatment centres (PKRC) statewide, bringing the number of active cases to 8,043.

Of these, 502 were from Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) and its PKRC; PKRC of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) (97); PKRC Serian (43); Sibu Hospital and its PKRC (38); Bintulu Hospital and its PKRC (29); Miri Hospital and its PKRC (14); Sarikei Hospital and its PKRC (13).

There were six cases each from PKRC Betong; two cases each from Kapit Hospital and its PKRC as well as Sri Aman Hospital and its PKRC.

Hence, the number of recovered and discharged cases now stands at 77,336 or 89.88 percent of the total number of cases in the state.

On another note, the committee added that the three fatalities involved those who had comorbidities.

The 480th death involved a 49-year-old local man from Samarahan district who was admitted to SGH. He was tested positive on Aug 8 and had a history of high blood pressure, diabetes, dyslipidaemia, and chronic kidney disease stage 5.

The second death recorded on Saturday was a 86-year-old local female from Meradong district who was admitted to Sarikei Hospital. She was tested positive on Aug 6 and had a history of high blood pressure, dyslipidaemia, and kidney disease.

An 87-year-old female from Kuching district was the third fatality recorded on Saturday. She was admitted to SGH and was tested positive on Aug 7. She had a history of high blood pressure, diabetes, and dyslipidaemia.