Sarawak records one death, fewer positive cases

KUCHING: Sarawak recorded one Covid-19 related-death today bringing the state’s fatality tally to 34.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the case was admitted into Sibu Hospital on Jan 17 due to breathing difficulties.

“Case 1,745 was a 74-year-old local male, and he was found to be Covid-19 positive through screening. Due to his deteriorating health, he passed away on Jan 26.

“He had comorbidity namely gout. This means that the Covid-19 death in Sarawak has increased to 34 persons or 0.90 percent of the total number of Covid-19 positive cases in the state,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sarawak saw a decline in the number of Covid-19 positive cases when it recorded only 70 new cases today. The state has been recording triple-digits daily cases recently.

Of the new cases, 34 were recorded in Sibu, Dalat (10), Bintulu (nine), Kanowit (seven), Betong (four), Miri and Serian (two each) while Kuching and Bau recorded one case each.

These bring the total number of cases in the state to 3,774.

“In Sibu District, 26 cases involved the Pasai Cluster. There are three locally transmitted cases as well as two locally transmitted cases through active case detection followed by one locally transmitted case through surveillance screening and two locally transmitted cases through screening at health clinics.

“In Dalat District, six cases also involved the Pasai Cluster and four locally transmitted cases through active case detection,” he said during SDMC’S Covid-19 update press conference.

For the nine cases in Bintulu District, five cases are related to the Rakut Cluster, two Import C cases from Subis District related to the Pasai Cluster, one case from a symptomatic individual screening and one locally transmitted case through active case detection in the community.

He said that the seven cases in Kanowit District and four cases in Betong District involved the Pasai Cluster.

“For the two cases in Miri District, one case involved the Rakut Cluster while the other case is a locally transmitted case which involved screening of a symptomatic individual at a health clinic there. Serian District also recorded two locally transmitted cases and it is through active case detection which involved close contact to the Bedayan Cluster.

“There is only one case catagorised as Import B case in Kuching District and it is a local who returned from Kedah which is a high-risk area. Bau District also recorded one locally transmitted case in which the symptomatic individual was screened at a private medical centre in Kuching,” he added.

The state also recorded 143 cases that have recovered and discharged namely 102 from Sibu Hospital, Miri Hospital (28), Bintulu Hospital (eight) and Sarawak General Hospital (five).

This brings the total number of Covid-19 positive cases that have recovered and discharged to 2,101 persons or 55.6 percent of the total number of Covid-19 cases in the state.