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Covid-19: New record high of 555 cases in Sarawak today


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KUCHING (Apr 9): Sarawak today registered a record high number of new Covid-19 cases at 555 along with three deaths, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.

This puts Sarawak on top of the list of states with the most number of new cases in Malaysia, with a total of 19,262 cases to date and the death toll now at 120.

The last highest number of single day new cases Sarawak ever recorded was on March 28 at 426, mostly due to an outbreak at the Semuja Immigration Depot in Serian.

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Uggah said on breakdown by district, Sibu topped the list with 115 new cases followed by Bintulu (112), Miri (70), Kapit (61), Meradong (57), Mukah (46), Kuching (29), Sarikei (12), Beluru (8), Subis (8), Julau (7), Sri Aman (7), Asajaya (4), Samarahan (3), Saratok (3), Selangau (2), Tatau (2), Bukit Mabong (2), Song (1), Bau (1), Limbang (1), Sebauh (1), Betong (1), Belaga (1) and Serian (1).

As for the death cases, the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman said the 118th death was of a 68-year-old local woman in Bintulu who was discovered unconscious by family members at her home on April 5.

The woman was brought to the Bintulu Hospital but was pronounced dead. Her sample was taken and tested for Covid-19, and was found positive for the virus on April 7.

“The case had comorbidities such as high blood pressure and dyslipidaemia,” said Uggah.

The 119th death was of a 43-year-old Filipino man who was found unconscious by a friend at his home in Sebauh.

He was brought to the Sebauh Health Clinic but was pronounced dead on March 27.

His sample was taken to be tested for Covid-19, and the result was positive for the virus on March 31.

“He had no history of comorbidities,” said Uggah.

The 120th death was of a 42-year-old local man who was admitted into the Sibu Hospital after experiencing breathing difficulties. The man also showed symptoms such as coughing and fever.

An rt-PCR test was done on him and was found positive for Covid-19 on April 2.

“His health continued to decline and he was pronounced dead on April 8. The case has comorbidities such as high blood pressure and diabetes,” said Uggah.

All in all 3,552 active cases were being hospitalised in the state, where 394 were in the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH), 703 in Sibu Hospital and Covid-19 treatment and quarantine centre (PKRC), Bintulu Hospital (714), Miri Hospital (538), Limbang Hospital (10), Sarikei Hospital (350), Kapit Hospital and PKRC (117), Betong PKRC (38), Mukah PKRC (71), Serian PKRC (86), Lawas PKRC (3), Semuja Immigration Depot PKRC (191), Sri Aman Hospital (59), and Sri Aman Prison PKRC (278).

On the positive note, 263 cases have recovered and was discharged, where 84 were from Bintulu Hospital, Sibu Hospital (64), Miri Hospital (50), SGH (29), Serian PKRC (8), Sarikei Hospital (19), Sri Aman PKRC (4), Mukah PKRC (2), Betong PKRC (2) and Semuja Immigration Depot PKRC (1).

Meanwhile, Sarawak also recorded 598 new person-under-investigation (PUI) cases with three still waiting for their lab test results, and 659 new person-under-surveillance (PUS) cases totalling to 6,450 being quarantined in 94 hotels and other accommodations across Sarawak.