Sarawak records 2 Covid-19 deaths, 351 new cases

KUCHING: A 35-year-old woman from Sibu district is among two individuals who succumbed to Covid-19 in the state today (July 20).

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in its daily Covid-19 report said the woman, identified as Case 449, tested positive for the virus on July 17 and passed away at the Sibu Hospital.

The woman had comorbidities of high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and heart disease.

The second death, Case 448, involved an 80-year-old woman from Selangau.

The victim, who had high blood pressure, tested positive for the virus on July 9 and died at the Sibu Hospital.

Meanwhile, Sarawak also reported 351 new Covid-19 positive cases today, which saw a slight increase from yesterday’s figure of 301 cases.

With the additional cases, this brings the state’s cumulative total to 71,952.

Of the total cases reported, Kuching reported the highest cases among other districts with 170 cases, followed by Serian with 74 cases, Samarahan (21),  Sibu and Saratok (14 each), and Subis (12).

Eight cases were reported in Miri, six in Pakan, Beluru and Tatau (five each), Asajaya (four), Bintulu, Lundu and Bau (three each), Sarikei (two) and Mukah, Meradong, Tebedu, Limbang, Telang Usan, Simunjan and Dalat (one each).    

Of these cases, a total of 239 cases were individuals who had close contact with Covid-19 positive cases, 61 were individuals from an existing active cluster, 20 from a screening of symptomatic individuals at health facilities, 28 from other screenings at health facilities, and three Import B cases (screening of individuals who had just returned or coming from other states) with two from Selangor and one from Terengganu.

Meanwhile, SDMC said there were 572 recoveries and were allowed to be discharged from the respective hospitals and Covid-19 Quarantine and Low-Risk Treatment Centres (PKRCs) statewide as of today.

This number brings the total recovered and discharged patients to 66,950 or 93.05 percent of the total cases.

There are still 4,387 individuals undergoing treatment at hospitals and PKRCs throughout the state.