State tally now at 34,706 including 479 new cases

KUCHING: Sarawak recorded 479 new positive Covid-19 cases today (May 8), bringing the case tally to 34,706.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said 324 of the cases or 67.24 percent were detected in Sibu, Bintulu, and Miri districts.

They said Sibu district recorded 125 cases, Bintulu (110), Miri (89), Kapit (35), Sri Aman (23), Mukah (22), Kuching (14), Kanowit (13), Sebauh (12), Selangau (9), Subis (5), Beluru (5), Lubok Antu (4), Tatau (3), Serian (3), Saratok (2), Song (2), Tanjung Manis (1), Meradong (1), and Samarahan (1).

“Of the 479 new cases, 64 people showed signs and symptoms during screening,” they said in a statement today.

The committee said 419 people were those who had been given quarantine orders.

On the breakdown of the 479 new cases, 367 were individuals who had contact with positive cases, 43 were linked to existing active clusters, 37 were from symptomatic individual screenings at health facilities, 23 were from other screenings at health facilities, eight were people who returned from other states within Malaysia (Import B), and one was a person who returned from Austria (Import A).

SDMC said 390 new cases had recovered and were discharged from hospitals today.

Of these, 107 were in Sibu Hospital and Low-Risk Treatment Centre (PKRC), Bintulu Hospital and PKRC (75), Miri Hospital and PKRC (71), Sarikei Hospital and PKRC (48), Sarawak General Hospital and PKRC (27), Kapit Hospital and PKRC (26), Mukah PKRC (15), Serian PKRC (10), Betong PKRC (8), and Sri Aman Hospital (3).

“This increases the number of recovered and discharged cases to 27,888 or 80.35 percent of the total number in Sarawak,” they said.

The committee said there were still 6,533 people being isolated and treated at PKRCs and hospital wards.

“Meanwhile, 479 new persons-under-investigation (PUIs) have been reported and no such persons are awaiting laboratory test results,” said SDMC.