Wednesday, July 6

Covid-19: 176 new cases in Sarawak, one death in Sibu

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A Covid-19 swab team in the thick of action at a longhouse in Sibu recently. – File [photo

KUCHING (March 31): Sarawak today recorded 176 new Covid-19 cases and another death in Sibu, bringing the state’s death toll to 108, the state disaster management committee said.

Of the total number of new cases, Sibu had 30, Kuching (29), Bintulu (25), Miri (19), Sarikei (13), Serian (11), Beluru (10), Meradong (8), Kapit (6), Matu (6), Julau (5), Samarahan (5), Sri Aman (5), Lawas (1), Marudi (1), Saratok (1) and Simunjan (1).

The state’s cumulative number of Covid-19 cases now stands at 16,390, SDMC said in its daily update.

The sole fatality was a 57-year-old man who tested positive for the virus on March 5 during a screening of individuals with symptoms at the Lanang Health Clinic.

“The case was coughing and had fever for a few days before he was admitted in Sibu Hospital on March 6, 2021. While warded, his health deteriorated and he passed away on March 31, 2021,” said SDMC, adding that the deceased had gout.

The committee also said that of the 176 new cases today, 33 had symptoms when they underwent Covid-19 screening and 117 were individuals who had been placed in quarantine centres.

“The 117 are people who were identified as close contacts of Covid-19 cases,” it said.

In a further breakdown, it said 100 cases, including 16 with symptoms, were detected through screening of close contacts, 47 through individual screening in connection with active clusters, 17 via screening of individuals with symptoms at health facilities, and 12 were asymptomatic people who had undergone tests for the virus.

The state today has 2,840 active Covid-19 cases who are still undergoing isolation and treatment at Covid-19 quarantine and low-risk treatment centres (PKRC) and hospitals, and 180 new persons under investigation (PUI) who are awaiting their tests results.

On a more positive note, SDMC reported that 134 people had recovered and had been discharged today,

It said Sri Aman Hospital had the highest number of recoveries at 90, followed by Bintulu Hospital (34), Miri Hospital (34), Kapit Hospital PKRC (22), PKRC Sibu (19), Sarawak General Hospital (12), Sarikei Hospital (10), Mukah PKRC (5), Betong PKRC (2) and Serian PKRC (1).

“This brings our recoveries and discharged cases to 13,389 people or 81.69 per cent of the total number of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak,” SDMC said.