State records drop in new cases, two deaths

KUCHING: Sarawak today (Aug 17) recorded 835 new Covid-19 cases, 731 fewer cases than those reported on Monday, and two fatalities.  

The Sarawak Management Committee said the cumulative total number of cases now stood at 89,407 while the death toll was 489.

The Kuching district accounted for the highest number of new cases at 464 followed by Samarahan (142); Serian (40); Pusa (33); Bau (22); Simunjan (17); 15 cases each in Bintulu, Lundu and Dalat; 10 cases each in Sibu and Sri Aman; Tebedu (eight); seven each in Mukah and Song; Miri (six); Tatau (five); Lawas (three); two cases each in Kapit, Asajaya, Kabong, Subis and Selangau.

The districts of Sarikei, Lubok Antu, Saratok, Belaga, Sebauh and Bukit Mabong recorded one case each respectively.

The committee disclosed that 439 of the new cases were individuals who had close contacts with positive cases, 187 cases were individuals from active clusters while 61 cases were from screenings of symptomatic individuals at health facilities.

There were 145 cases from other screenings at health facilities and three Import B cases of individuals returning from other states in Malaysia, namely, two from Johor and one from Selangor.

“Based on the clinical categories, 698 cases or 83.59 percent are in Category 1 (no symptoms) while 136 cases or 16.29 percent are in Category 2 (mild symptoms). There is one case or 0.12 percent in Category 5 (lung infections and require ventilator),” SDMC said.

On the 488th death, the committee said it was a 79-year-old local man from Kanowit who was confirmed positive on August 12.

He passed away in the Sibu Hospital and had high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

The 489th death was a 77-year-old local woman from Serian who was confirmed positive on August 11.

She passed away in Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) and had high blood pressure, diabetes and dyslipidemia.

The SDMC disclosed that 581 patients had been discharged from hospitals and low-risk quarantine and treatment centres (PKRCs) statewide, bringing the number of active cases to 9,598.

Of these, 328 cases were from the SGH and its PKRC followed by PKRC Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) (67); PKRC Serian (62); Bintulu Hospital and its PKRC (13); Sibu Hospital and its PKRC (15); PKRC Betong (10); Miri Hospital and its PKRC (37); PKRC Mukah (eight); Sarikei Hospital and its PKRC (three); PKRC Lawas (one); Sri Aman Hospital and its PKRC (37).

The committee said the number of recovered and discharged cases now stood at 79,136 or 88.51 percent of the total number of cases in the state.