State recorded 419 new cases today

KUCHING: Sarawak recorded 419 new positive Covid-19 cases on Wednesday (May 5), bringing the state’s case tally to 33,086.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said 61 percent of the new cases reported were detected in the districts of Sibu, Mukah, Kuching, Kanowit, and Bintulu.

They said Sibu District recorded 133 cases, Mukah (35), Kuching (33), Kanowit (28), Bintulu (27), Kapit (25), Selangau (18), Serian (17), Pakan (15), Miri (15), Bukit Mabong (11), Belaga (10), Lundu (10), Tebedu (9), Betong (6), Meradong (5), Song (4), Sri Aman (3), Beluru (3), Julau (3), Sebauh (3), Samarahan (2), Lubok Antu (1), Limbang (1), Bau (1), and Sarikei (1).

“Of the 419 new cases reported, 74 people showed signs and symptoms of Covid-19 infection during screening,” they said in a statement on Wednesday.

They said 328 people were those who had been given quarantine orders.

Providing an overall breakdown of the 419 cases, they said 218 were individuals who had contact with positive Covid-19 cases, 92 were linked to existing active clusters, 55 were from symptomatic individual screenings at health facilities, 36 were other screenings at health facilities, 17 were individuals who had returned from other states in Malaysia (Import B), and one case was an individual who had returned from Papua New Guinea (Import A).

The committee said on Wednesday, 367 new cases had recovered and been discharged from hospitals in the state.

They added that of these, 125 were from Sibu Hospital and Low-Risk Treatment Centre (PKRC), Miri Hospital and PKRC (84), Kapit Hospital and PKRC (62), Sarawak General Hospital and PKRC (42), Mukah PKRC (22), Sarikei Hospital and PKRC (14), Betong PKRC (12), Sri Aman Hospital (4), and Serian PKRC (2).

“This brings the number of recovered and discharged cases thus far to 26,519 or 80.15 percent of the total number of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak,” said SDMC.

They said 6,301 active cases were still being isolated and treated at PKRCs and hospital wards.

The committee said 419 new persons-under-investigation (PUIs) were reported on Wednesday and no PUIs were awaiting laboratory test results.