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By Nur Ashikin Louis
KUCHING, May 4: Bintulu district has recorded the highest number of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak today as overall cases in the State doubled to 620 cases from 356 reported yesterday.
This is the seventh time cases in Sarawak have exceeded the 600 mark, with the highest being 960 cases recorded on April 16.
The State also recorded four new fatalities on the same day, bringing the state’s death toll to 188.
Of the total positive cases, Bintulu district reported 128 cases, followed by Miri (82), Kapit (81), Sibu (55), Bukit Mabong (51), Kanowit (2), Sri Aman (27), Belaga (26), Kuching (18), Beluru (16), Lundu (12), Subis (12), Saratok (11), Tebedu (10), Song (7), Pakan (6), Sarikei (5), Sebauh (5), Tatau (4), Betong (4), Selangau (4), Bau (4), Mukah (3), Meradong (2), Dalat (2), Tanjung Manis (2) and Serian (1).
The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a statement today said 64 per cent of the new cases were reported in Bintulu, Miri, Kapit, Sibu and Bukit Mabong districts.
It noted that 53 out of the 620 cases were symptomatic.
Additionally, 557 out of 620 total cases comprised of individuals who had been instructed to undergo quarantine at designated places.
In short, 416 cases were screened after having contact to positive cases, 140 cases were individuals linked to active clusters, 32 detected from screening of symptomatic individuals, 31 from other screenings in health facilities and one import B case involving an individual returning from other state.
On the same day, Sarawak also reported 364 patients had recovered and discharged from hospitals statewide, bringing the total number of recovered and discharged cases to 26,152 or 80.06 per cent.
There are 6,252 individuals still undergoing treatment at hospital isolation wards in the state.
There were 620 new Persons-Under-Investigation (PUI) cases have been reported and none awaiting laboratory test results. — DayakDaily