New cases in Sarawak surge to 836, two deaths

KUCHING: Sarawak saw a surge in new positive Covid-19 cases today (Tuesday) — 836 cases compared to 589 yesterday (Aug 9).

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), in a statement today, said with that, the state’s case tally was now 82,753.

It added the state also recorded two new deaths, raising its Covid-19 death toll to 473.

Kuching accounted for most of the new cases at 458, followed by Serian (131), Samarahan (56), Asajaya (21), Dalat (21), Sibu (20), Simunjan (19), Bintulu (14), Beluru (14), Miri (13), Kapit (13), Sri Aman (11), Mukah (9), Bau (8), Lundu (6), Tebedu (4), Selangau (4), Saratok (3), Kabong (3), Betong (2), Sarikei (2), Pakan (1), Tatau (1), Subis (1) and Sebauh (1).

“Of the new cases reported, 290 were individuals who had contacts with positive cases, 413 were individuals linked to existing active clusters, 36 were from symptomatic individual screenings at health facilities while 93 were from other screenings at health facilities. Four were individuals who had just returned or entered from other states in Malaysia (Import B), with one case each from Kedah, Melaka, Terengganu, and Kuala Lumpur,” it said.

“Based on the clinical categories, 710 cases or 84.93 percent are in Category 1 (no symptoms) while 126 cases or 15.07 percent are in Category 2 (mild symptoms),” added the committee.

On the two new deaths reported, the SDMC said the 472nd death was a 78-year-old man from the Serian district who   passed away at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH).

“The case was confirmed positive on July 31 and had no comorbidities,” it explained. 

The 473rd death involved a 61-year-old man from the Kuching district, who also died at SGH.

“The case was confirmed positive on July 25. He had high blood pressure and gout,” the committee said.

The SDMC said 563 cases were discharged from hospitals and Quarantine and Low-Risk Treatment Centres (PKRCs) throughout the state today.

Of these, 310 were from SGH and its PKRC, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) PKRC (78), Serian PKRC (46), Bintulu Hospital and its PKRC (38), Betong PKRC (32), Sibu Hospital and its PKRC (24), Mukah PKRC (14), Sarikei Hospital and its PKRC (10), Miri Hospital and its PKRC (9), Kapit Hospital and its PKRC (1), and Sri Aman Hospital and its PKRC (1).

“This brings the number of recovered and discharged cases in Sarawak to 74,626 or 90.18 percent of the total number of cases. There are still 7,474 active cases,” said the committee.