749 new Covid cases in Sarawak

KUCHING: Two Covid-19 clusters, namely Kampung Batu Kitang Jaya and Kampung Dangak — both in Kuching district — have come to an end after recording no new cases in the past 28 days.

Sarawak now has 44 active clusters, of which two recorded one new case each.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said 749 new cases were recorded today (Oct 19), a slight increase from the previous day’s number of 694.

The committee said 736 or 98.26 percent of the new cases were Categories 1 and 2, while 13 or 1.75 percent were Categories 3, 4 and 5.

Kuching District reported the most cases with 186 followed by Miri (155); Sibu (96); Lawas (57); Bintulu (39); Serian (37); Mukah (29); Samarahan (14); Betong and Meradong (13 each); Sarikei and Sri Aman (12 each).

Three new cases were each reported in Saratok, Daro, and Bau; Marudi and Dalat (eight each); Matu and Kapit (seven each); Kapit (five); Limbang, Beluru, and Bukit Mabong (four each).

Kanowit, Selangau, and Asajaya recorded three new cases each; Lundu and Telang Usan (two each); and one case each in Pusa, Tebedu, Belaga, Lubok Antu, Subis, and Sebauh.

Bintulu (56); Betong and Pusa (37 each); Serian (35); Limbang (28); Sri Aman (27); Saratok (19); Sarikei and Lawas (14 each); and Subis (13).

This brings the cumulative cases in the state to 232,973.

Meanwhile, SDMC also declared 13 fatalities for the Oct 9-18 period.

Two deaths recorded on Oct 9 involved an 88-year-old woman from Samarahan who was brought in dead (BID) to the Sarawak Heart Centre while the second death involved a 61-year-old man from Bintulu who passed away at the Bintulu Hospital.

Both cases had a history of high blood pressure.

The committee said the death recorded on Oct 13 was of a 72-year-old man from Miri who passed away at Miri Hospital. He had a history of high blood pressure and diabetes.

Meanwhile, five deaths were recorded on Oct 15. The first death was that of a 45-year-old man from Kuching. He was BID to the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH).

The second death involved a 60-year-old woman from Betong who passed away at the Sarikei Hospital. She had high blood pressure, diabetes, dyslipidaemia, and obesity.

The third death involved an 81-year-old man from Miri who passed away at the Miri Hospital. He had high blood pressure and cancer.

SDMC said the fourth death was that of a 75-year-old man from Betong — with high blood pressure, diabetes, gout, and stroke — who passed away at the Sarikei Hospital.

“The last death case involved a 70-year-old man from Bintulu who passed away at the Bintulu Hospital. He had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,” said SDMC.

On Oct 17, four deaths were recorded involving elderly patients from Kuching and Miri district.

“The first death registered was that of an 84-year-old woman from Kuching who passed away at SGH. She had high blood pressure, diabetes and dyslipidaemia.

“The second death also involved a woman from Kuching aged 88-year-old who passed away at SGH,” it added.

SDMC said that another death recorded on Oct 17 was that of a 91-year-old man from Kuching who passed away at SGH. He had high blood pressure, diabetes, dyslipidaemia, and heart disease.

The death recorded on Oct 18 involved an 86-year-old man from Miri who passed away at the Miri Hospital. He had a history of high blood pressure and diabetes.

On another note, SDMC said the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) will be imposed from Oct 18 to 27 at Rumah (Rh) Unan, Nanga Kuap and Sungai Lijan in Julau.

However, four other longhouses namely Rh Wong, Nanga Luau in Julau; Rh Nurie, Sg Babai in Pakan; Rh Achun, Menalang, Undop and Rh Abdul Rahman, Jaong Jaya both in Sri Aman will begin their EMCO today (Oct 19) until Oct 28.

It also added that the EMCO ended in three localities statewide today.