Sarawak records one new death, 211 cases

KUCHING: An 83-year-old woman in Miri was the latest Covid-19 fatality case in Sarawak, bringing the total number of deaths to 117.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said the victim, identified as Case 15,960, sought treatment at Miri Hospital after experiencing fever and breathing difficulty.

“Her rT-PCR test result was positive on March 28. Her health condition deteriorated and she was pronounced dead on April 7.

“The case had comorbidities of diabetes, high blood pressure and dyslipidemia,” the committee said in a daily Covid-19 statement here today (April 8).

Sarawak recorded a total of 211 Covid-19 positive cases today, bringing the state’s tally to 18,707.

Of the total positive cases, Bintulu district reported 70 cases, Sibu (35), Sarikei (21), Miri (19), Kuching (15), Sri Aman (eight), Beluru (seven), Kapit, Meradong and Limbang – six each, Samarahan (five), Subis (three), Bau and Marudi – two each, while Lubok Antu, Julau, Serian, Mukah, Dalat and Tanjung Manis recorded one case each.

SDMC said 56 new cases showed symptoms during the screening tests.

Of the total positive cases, 178 comprised individuals who had been instructed to undergo quarantine at designated places.

“In short, 131 were screened after having contact with positive cases, 45 cases were individuals linked to active clusters, 17 were symptomatic individuals, 16 detected from other screenings in health facilities, one was an Import A case involving an individual returning from United Arab Emirates and another an Import B case involving an individual returning from other states,” it added.

Today (April 8), 181 patients had recovered and had been discharged from hospitals — 49 from Sibu Hospital, 34 from Miri Hospital, 31 from Sarawak General Hospital (SGH), 27 from Bintulu Hospital, 19 from Serian Low-Risk Treatment Centre (PKRC), eight from Sarikei Hospital, five from Kapit PKRC, five from Sri Aman PKRC, two from Mukah PKRC and one from Betong PKRC.

“This brings the total number of recovered and discharged cases to 15,268 or 81.62 percent of total Covid-19 cases in Sarawak,” SDMC stated.

It added 3,263 individuals were still being treated in hospital isolation wards in the state.

“Today (Thursday), 252 new person under investigation (PUI) cases have been reported and eight are awaiting laboratory results,” it said.