Sarawak’s tally surpasses 20k mark, 443 new cases

The outlook of Covid-19 cases in the state as of April 11. Source: SDMC

KUCHING: Sarawak’s total Covid-19 positive cases surpassed the 20,000 mark on Sunday (April 11) with the state recording 443 new cases. This brings the state’s tally to 20,001 to date.

This is the fifth time cases in Sarawak have exceeded 400 per day, with the highest being 555 cases recorded on April 9 — the only time it exceeded the half millennium mark.

Of the positive cases, Bintulu district recorded the most with 89 cases, followed closely by Sibu (83), Miri (61), Julau (43), Kapit (32), Mukah (31), Kuching (26), Sarikei (22), Matu, Samarahan and Meradong — seven cases each, Subis and Serian —six each, Kabong (five), Beluru, Belaga, Betong and Bukit Mabong — three each, Kanowit (two), while Saratok, Tanjung Manis, Tatau and Sebauh recorded one case each.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said 40 of the new cases showed symptoms during screening tests.

Additionally, 351 out of the 443 cases comprised individuals who had been instructed to undergo quarantine at designated places.

“In short, 248 were screened after having contact to positive cases, 101 cases were individuals linked to active clusters, 73 detected from other screenings in health facilities, 19 from screening of symptomatic individuals, one import A case involving an individual returning from abroad and one Import B case involving an individual returning from other state,” he said in a daily Covid-19 press conference on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the state recorded 333 patients who had recovered and discharged from hospitals – 88 from Bintulu Hospital, 87 from Sarawak General Hospital (SGH), 57 from Sarikei Hospital, 37 from Sibu Hospital, 34 from Miri Hospital, 11 from Serian Low-Risk Treatment Centre (PKRC), seven from Betong PKRC, six from Kapit PKRC, three from Sri Aman PKRC, and one each from Semuja PKRC, Lawas PKRC and Mukah PKRC.

“This brings the total number of recovered and discharged cases to 16,244 or 81.22 percent of total Covid-19 cases in Sarawak,” he said.

He added that there were 3,572 individuals still undergoing treatment at hospital isolation wards in the state.