Covid-19: Two BID among three deaths as Sarawak sees 589 cases

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By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, Aug 9: Two brought in dead (BID) were among three new death cases of Covid-19 reported in the State today as coronavirus cases inched up slightly to 589 cases from 581 reported yesterday.

According to a report from Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) today, two senior citizens, one aged 80 from Sri Aman and another aged 85 from Kuching, died due to Covid-19 while their bodies were transported to hospital.

Another man aged 56 from Simunjan also passed away after testing positive for Covid-19 on July 30.

With three death cases reported, the death toll due to Covid-19 in the State has gone up to 471.

On the other hand, Sarawak reported 589 cases of coronavirus with 81.66 per cent or 481 cases being asymptomatic and 18.17 per cent or 107 cases having mild symptoms.

There was one case in category five which required respiratory support.

Meanwhile, out of the 589 new cases, 390 were close contacts to Covid-19 patients, 121 were from individuals within the current active clusters, 36 from symptomatic screenings at health facilities and 40 from other screenings at health facilities.

There were also two Import B cases from individuals who returned from Kelantan and Terengganu each.

Based on location, Kuching  registered the highest number of new cases at 348.

This was followed by Mukah which reported 70 cases, Saratok (32), Samarahan (24), Kabong (20), Bau (19), Serian (15), Sibu (11), Tatau (11) and Bintulu (10).

There were 14 districts which reported single digit cases and these include Miri with eight cases, Sri Aman (5), Selangau (3), Kapit (2), Subis (2), Betong (1) Lundu (1), Sarikei (1), Tebedu (1), Lawas (1), Song (1), Julau (1), Beluru (1) and Simunjan (1).

With 589 cases reported, the cumulative number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Sarawak has increased to 81,917.

SDMC said there were 837 Covid-19 patients who have recovered and discharged, bringing total recoveries due to Covid-19 in Sarawak to 74,063 people or 90.41 per cent of the overall confirmed cases in the State.

In spite of that, 7,203 Covid-19 patients were receiving treatment in health facilities throughout the State out of which 28 patients were in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 11 patients were on ventilators support.

Four new clusters of Covid-19 emerged in Sarawak with three in Kuching and one in Bintulu while two clusters ended. — DayakDaily