KUCHING: Sarawak recorded five deaths and a record 3,734 new Covid-19 cases today (Sept 10), a drastic increase compared to the previous day’s tally of 3,118 cases.
The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said 3,726 or 99.79 percent of the new cases comprised categories 1 and 2 patients while only eight cases were in Category 3, 4, and 5.
Kuching district accounted for the highest number of cases yet again at 921; followed by Serian (359); Sibu (338); Bintulu (218); Samarahan (195); Simunjan (150); Miri (148); Mukah (146); Bau (130); Sri Aman (115); Asajaya (113); Saratok (108); Pakan (106); Betong (78); Kapit (65); Subis (58); Lubok Antu (57); Tebedu (56); Sarikei (50); Limbang (41); Meradong (39); Julau and Kanowit (34 each).
Song recorded 33 positive cases; Selangau (28); Dalat (18); Belaga (17); Tanjung Manis and Matu (13 each); Tatau (11); Pusa (10); Daro (eight); Lawas (seven); Beluru (six); two cases each in Lundu, Telang Usan, Marudi; and one case each in Kabong and Bukit Mabong.
With this, the state has 147,764 cumulative Covid-19 positive cases to date.
Of the new cases, 2,783 were individuals who had close contact with positive cases, 208 were individuals in existing clusters, 390 were from the screening of symptomatic individuals at health facilities and 342 were from other screenings at health facilities.
Three cases were Import A cases where the individuals were returning from Equatorial Guinea (one) and Indonesia (two) while eight were Import B cases where five were returning from Kuala Lumpur and three returning from Selangor.
SDMC also reported 2,262 new recoveries who were discharged from hospitals and low-risk quarantine and treatment centres (PKRCs) statewide.
This brings the number of recovered and discharged cases to 110,392 or 74.71 percent of the total number of cases in Sarawak. There are still 36,535 active cases.
Meanwhile, the five fatalities recorded on Friday (Sept 10) involved locals from Selangau, Sri Aman Kuching and Simunjan districts.
The 603rd death was of a 68-year-old man from Selangau who tested positive on Sept 5. He was admitted to Sibu Hospital and had a history of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and kidney disease.
The 604th death involved a 93-year-old woman from Sri Aman who tested positive on Sept 9. She received treatments at Sri Aman Hospital and had a history of high blood pressure, diabetes, and dyslipidemia.
The 605th death was of a 75-year-old man from Kuching who tested positive on Sept 2. He was admitted to the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) and had a history of Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Meanwhile, the 606th death involved a 91-year-old man also from Kuching who was admitted to SGH. He tested positive on Aug 27 and had a history of Parkinson Disease and ability to perform activities of daily living (ADL)-Dependent.
The fifth death recorded today was a 75-year-old man from Simunjan who was admitted to SGH. He tested positive on Sept 9 and had a history of high blood pressure and dyslipidemia.