By Adrian Lim
KUCHING, May 11: A Covid-19 spike in Miri division involving Miri city and the Subis and Beluru districts contributed half of the new cases reported across Sarawak today.
According to a report from the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), Miri division registered 256 of the 512 new Covid-19 cases in Sarawak today. Yesterday, Miri reported 79 cases.
Of the 256 cases in Miri division, Miri city reported 160 cases followed by Subis district with 75 cases and Beluru district with 21 cases.
SDMC said 222 cases out of the 256 cases were close contacts to Covid-19 patients under quarantine.
The committee added the close contacts comprised 149 related to close contacts and existing clusters and 73 close contacts related to Rh Libau in Subis which has been placed under Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO).
SDMC disclosed that there were 11 cases detected via screening of symptomatic individuals, 21 cases from screening of oil and gas workers before sign-on to work, and two cases via swabbing at health facilities.
In the meantime, other districts which reported new Covid-19 cases today are Bintulu (91), Sibu (47), Kuching (31), Tebedu (13), Kanowit (12), Sri Aman (8), Selangau (8), Mukah (7), Pusa (7), Saratok (6), Dalat (5), Serian (5), Sarikei (4), Samarahan (4), Tatau (2), Sebauh (2), Meradong (1), Lawas (1), Pakan (1) and Betong (1).
With today’s new cases, the cumulative total of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Sarawak has increased to 36,321 cases.
There were also two Covid-19 fatalities reported today.
The first is a 63-year-old woman from Sibu who was a close contact to a Covid-19 patient. She tested positive for Covid-19 on May 5 and passed away yesterday.
The second is a 64-year-old man who was identified through symptomatic screening on May 4 and died on May 10 after his health condition deteriorated.
Both patients had hypertension and diabetes.
With this, Sarawak’s Covid-19 death toll has risen to 211 persons.
Meanwhile, there were 470 Covid-19 patients who recovered and were discharged from hospitals and quarantine and low risk treatment centres throughout the State.
There are 6,634 Covid-19 patients presently receiving treatment for the coronavirus in hospital wards and at quarantine and low risk treatment centres in Sarawak.
Apart from that, SDMC reported there were 512 new Person-Under-Investigation (PUI) cases, with no Covid-19 swab test results pending. — DayakDaily