Sarawak recorded 1,206 cases; four fatalities on Thursday


KUCHING: Sarawak recorded four Covid-19 deaths on Thursday (Aug 19), bringing the toll to 495.

All four victims had comorbid conditions, said the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).

“The state’s 492nd fatality was a 56-year-old man from Tatau, who tested positive for Covid-19 on July 26.

“He passed away at Bintulu Hospital and had a medical history of high blood pressure, diabetes and final stage kidney disease.”

The 493rd fatality was a man from Kuching aged 59, who tested positive on Aug 8.

He passed away at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) and had high blood pressure, diabetes, dyslipidemia, stroke, heart disease, and chronic kidney disease.

“Meanwhile, the 494th was a man aged 71, also from Kuching, who tested positive on Aug 12.

“He passed away at SGH and had high blood pressure and cancer.”

The 495th fatality was a man from Kuching aged 69, who tested positive on Aug 14.

He passed away at SGH and had high blood pressure, diabetes and asthma.

Sarawak recorded a slight drop in the number of new cases with 1,206 recorded on Thursday, bringing the cumulative total to 92,016.

SDMC said 1,201 or 99.59 per cent of cases were category one and two, while one case was category three, three cases were category four and one category five case.

“The district of Kuching tops the number of cases with 291, followed by Serian (183), Samarahan (126), Bau (88), Simunjan (83), Lundu (66), Belaga (46), Bintulu (38), Asajaya and Pusa with 37 cases each, Sibu (31) and Mukah (21).

“Kanowit recorded 20 cases, Selangau with 15, both Tebedu and Subis each has 12 cases, Sri Aman and Dalat each has 10 cases, while Saratok recorded eight cases.

“Betong with six cases, Miri, Kapit and Julau each has five cases, Lubuk Antu and Song each recorded four cases, Meradong with three cases, Beluru with two cases and Sarikei, Kabong, Lawas, Daro, Sebauh and Telang Usan each recorded one case.”

Out of 1,206 cases, 746 people were close contacts with positive cases, 95 were from active clusters, 126 were symptomatic individuals screened at health facilities and 236 were from various screenings at health facilities.

SDMC also mentioned that there was one Import A case coming home from the Netherlands and two Import B cases, both coming back from Kuala Lumpur.

Meanwhile, 646 people have recovered and discharged from hospitals and, quarantine and low-risk treatment centres (PKRC) statewide.

SGH and its PKRCs discharged 372 patients, followed by Serian PKRC (61), Unimas PKRC (52), Sibu Hospital and its PKRCs (46), Betong PKRCs (43), Bintulu Hospital and its PKRCs (23), Miri Hospital and its PKRCs (20), Sri Aman Hospital and its PKRCs (16), Mukah PKRCs (12) and one discharged from Sarikei Hospital and its PKRCs.

In another development, the Everrise 4th mile outlet said it would be closed from Aug 19 (Thursday) until further notice.

“We will arrange for sanitisation work to be carried out as per Ministry of Health requirements.

“The health and safety of our customers and staff are our top priority and we urge everyone to take their own precautionary measures to protect themselves from Covid-19,” said the Everrise management.

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