5 deaths in Sarawak today from Covid-19, with 570 new cases as death toll rises to 153

Sarawak Covid-19 statistics as of April 24, 2021. Graphics courtesy of SDMC

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By Ling Hui

KUCHING, April 24: A brought-in-dead (BID) case, or dead on arrival case in Sarikei involving a 61-year-old Sarawakian male who was found unconscious at home is one of the five fatalities due to Covid-19 reported today.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said that the victim experienced difficulties in breathing before he passed out and was discovered by his family members.

“The case was admitted to Sarikei Hospital for a post-mortem where his rT-PCR (rapid test polymerase chain reaction) test turned out to be positive on April 19.

“The case was confirmed to have passed away on April 22. He had comorbidities of asthma and hypertension,” it said in a statement today.

The other four deaths from Covid-19 were reported to be from Bintulu involving two males and two females, all with comorbidities.

With that, the death toll from Covid-19 in Sarawak has risen to 153.

Meanwhile, SDMC also reported 570 new Covid-19 cases throughout Sarawak for the day, thus increasing the cumulative number of cases to 27,319.

The districts with new cases were Bintulu (128), Kapit (109), Kuching (76), Sibu (54), Song (45), Subis (29), Serian (26), Bukit Mabong (16), Tatau (14), Miri (11), Kanowit (10), Belaga (10), Lundu (9), Mukah (9), Samarahan (9), Sarikei (5), Bau (3), Tebedu (2), Beluru (1), Saratok (1), Meradong (1), Betong (1) and Selangau (1).

Out of the 570 today, 360 cases were detected following close contact screenings where 11 of them were symptomatic.

Another 137 cases were individual screenings from active clusters where seven cases showed signs and symptoms of Covid-19.

There were 39 cases that involved screenings from health facilities, 24 cases from symptomatic tests in health facilities and 10 cases involving Import-B cases who returned from other states in Malaysia.

With 637 new recoveries throughout Sarawak, there are still 5,118 patients who are receiving treatment in hospitals across Sarawak.

On active clusters, there are now 56 active clusters in Sarawak with 13 of them registering an increase of 146 cases today, while the remaining 43 clusters did not.

Regarding the zone statuses, there are now 21 Covid-19 red zones, six orange zones, 10 yellow zones and three green zones. — DayakDaily