State records two deaths, 559 new cases

KUCHING: Sarawak recorded two Covid-19 fatalities and 559 positive cases today (June 17), bringing the state’s death toll to 366 and positive cases tally to 58,034 to date.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said one death was recorded in Sibu and the other in Kuching.

The 365th death was a 56-year-old woman from Sibu district. She was tested Covid-19 positive on June 5. She had comorbid high blood pressure and dyslipidaemia.

Meanwhile, the 366th death was a 73-year-old man from Kuching district who tested positive on June 14.

The victim had comorbid high blood pressure and end-stage chronic kidney disease.

SDMC also announced Matu District has changed to red zone with 57 cases of local infection in the last 14 days. This brings the number of areas in red zone to 30 districts.

There are presently three districts with orange status, seven districts with yellow status and no green status district.

On the 559 new positive cases, SDMC said 324 of the cases, or 57.96 percent, were detected in five districts, namely Sibu, Bintulu, Kuching, Miri, and Tatau.

Sibu District accounted for 85 cases, Bintulu (79), Kuching (61), Miri (51), Tatau (48), Subis (43), Kapit (29), Matu (27), Sebauh (21), Sarikei (19), Sri Aman (14), Serian (13), Lundu (12), while Samarahan, Simunjan and Selangau each recorded eight cases, Betong (six), Mukah (four), Kanowit and Bau (three each).

Saratok, Kabong, Telang Usan, Lawas and Meradong recorded two cases respectively.

Belaga, Dalat, Pusa, Julau, Song, Asajaya and Pakan each recorded one case.

On the breakdown of the 559 new cases, 353 were individuals who had contact with positive Covid-19 cases, 96 were linked to existing active clusters, 59 were from other screenings at health facilities, whereas 51 were from symptomatic individual screenings at health facilities.

The committee also reported 373 new recoveries. Of these, 130 cases were discharged from Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) and the Quarantine and Low-Risk Treatment Centre (PKRC) under it, Miri Hospital and its PKRC (76), Sibu Hospital and its PKRC (41), Kapit Hospital and its PKRC (35), Bintulu Hospital and its PKRC (31), Sarikei Hospital and its PKRC (30), Sri Aman Hospital and Sri Aman PKRC (20), Mukah PKRC (six), Serian PKRC (two), Betong PKRC and Lawas PKRC – one each.

This brings the number of recovered and discharged cases so far to 47,586, or 82 percent of the total number of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak.

There were still 9,958 active cases being isolated and treated at hospital wards and PKRCs throughout the state.