433 new Covid-19 cases add on to Sarawak’s overflowing plate of 70 ICU, 29 intubated patients

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By Ling Hui

KUCHING, May 17: While there are still 6,381 active Covid-19 cases, 70 patients in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 20 intubated cases as of today, the record of 433 new cases for the past 24 hours has added more weight onto Sarawak’s plate.

Of the total of 433 cases, State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said 268 or 61.89 per cent of the infections were detected in Miri, Kapit, Sibu, Kuching and Belaga.

Miri, leading the daily toll among 29 districts, registered the highest of 69 cases, followed by Kapit with 61, Sibu 48, Kuching 47 and Belaga 43 cases.

The remaining 24 districts with Covid-19 infections were Bintulu (29), Pakan (25), Selangau (16), Samarahan (14), Bukit Mabong (10), Daro (9), Sarikei (7), Kanowit (6), Pusa (5), Sri Aman (5), Bau (5), Mukah (5), Subis (4), Song (4), Beluru (4), Sebauh (3), Serian (3), Matu (2), Tatau (2), Tebedu (2), Betong (2), Tanjung Manis (1), Asajaya (1) and Meradong (1).

With that, the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak increased to 38,816 today.

Of the 433 cases, 288 were individual screenings who had close contact with Covid-19 patients where 18 of them were symptomatic.

Adding on, 86 cases were of individual screenings from existing active clusters where only one of them showed signs and symptoms of Covid-19.

Another 36 cases were of symptomatic screening at health facilities, 16 cases were other types of screenings at health facilities, six Import-C cases with individuals travelling cross-districts in Sarawak and another Import-B case who just returned from other states in Malaysia.

SDMC, in a statement on Covid-19 update today, also reported one new fatality related to Covid-19, pushing the total death tally up to 225 since yesterday (May 16).

The 225th Covid-19 death case involved a 70-year-old who was placed in the Sibu Quarantine and Low Risk Treatment Centre for Covid-19 (PKRC) following the case’s positive result for the virus on April 29.

The patient was allowed to return home in a healthy condition to complete the rest of the quarantine period at home, but the patient started to have breathing difficulties at a follow-up treatment in Tatau.

With medical histories of comorbidities, the patient’s condition soon deteriorated before the death was confirmed on May 15.

Meanwhile, SDMC also reported 434 new recoveries from various hospitals for the day, thus accumulating a total of 32,126 recoveries in Sarawak as of today. — DayakDaily