Five districts contribute 300 new cases

KUCHING: Sarawak recorded 577 new positive Covid-19 cases on Wednesday (June 23) bringing the state’s case tally to 61,566.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) today said 300 of the 577 new cases, or 51.99 percent, were detected in five districts — namely Kuching, Pakan, Bintulu, Kanowit, and Meradong.

SDMC said 145 cases were recorded in Kuching District, Pakan (45), Bintulu (40), Kanowit (39), Meradong (31), Tatau (30), Sibu (27), Miri (26), Kapit (22), Lundu (19), Sri Aman (17), Serian (17), Mukah (15), Tebedu (14), Sarikei (14), Bau (13), Pusa (8), Song (8), Subis (7), Selangau (6), Samarahan (6), Kabong (5), Matu (4), Asajaya (4), Julau (4), Telang Usan (3), Simunjan (2), Bukit Mabong (2), Betong (1), Sebauh (1), Lawas (1), and Lubok Antu (1).

Of the 577 new cases reported, 56 exhibited signs and symptoms of Covid-19 infection during screening.

“Meanwhile, 487 cases detected were individuals who had been given quarantine orders.”

On the breakdown of the 577 new cases, SDMC said 297 were people who had contact with positive Covid-19 cases, 190 were linked to existing active clusters, 55 were from other screenings at health facilities, whereas 35 were from symptomatic individual screenings at health facilities.

Three Covid-19 deaths

SDMC said three new deaths involving Covid-19 infection were reported today, raising the state’s death toll to 392.

The 390th death was a local man aged 52. The man, originally from Selangau District, passed away at the Sibu Hospital.

“The case was confirmed as Covid-19 positive on May 28 and he had comorbidities of high blood pressure, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease.”

The 391st death was a 74-year-old woman from Sarikei District who passed away at the Sarikei Hospital.

“The case tested positive for Covid-19 on June 18 and she had high blood pressure, diabetes, dyslipidaemia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and heart disease.”

As for the 392nd death, SDMC said this involved a local man aged 80 from Pakan District.

The man, who passed away at the Sarikei Hospital, was confirmed as positive for Covid-19 on June 20.

“This case had comorbidities of high blood pressure, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease.”

Recovered and discharged: 609 cases

SDMC said 609 new cases had recovered and discharged from hospitals and Quarantine and Low-Risk Treatment Centres (PKRCs) throughout the state.

Of the number, 123 were discharged from Bintulu Hospital and the PKRC under it, Sarawak General Hospital and its PKRC (118), Sri Aman Hospital and Sri Aman PKRC (87), Miri Hospital and its PKRC (86), Sibu Hospital and its PKRC (75), Sarikei Hospital and its PKRC (74), Kapit Hospital and its PKRC (31), Mukah PKRC (9), Betong PKRC (4), and Serian PKRC (2).

“This brings the number of recovered and discharged cases so far to 50,766, or 82.46 percent of the total number of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak.”

There are still 9,857 active cases being isolated and treated at hospital wards and PKRCs.

“582 new persons-under-investigation (PUIs) have been reported while no PUIs were awaiting laboratory test results.”