Dr Sim: Covid-19 death rate shows improving downward trend from May to July

Dr Sim Kui Hian (file photo)

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Aug 5: The Covid-19 death rate has shown a steady drop from an average of 5.35 deaths per day in May to 2.23 deaths per day in July over the last three months in Sarawak.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian said in June, Sarawak recorded an average of 4.87 deaths per day.

At the same time, he noted a decline in the severity of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak whereby those of Categories 3, 4 and 5 were less than eight per cent in total.

Category 3 patients are likely to get pneumonia while those in Category 4 will be needing oxygen and Category 5 requiring intubation.

With the decrease in serious categories, Dr Sim said Category 2 cases with mild symptoms slightly increased to about 30 per cent, and Category 1 cases with no symptoms registered about 65 per cent.

He also said observation of Covid-19 patients in July according to their vaccination statuses found a consistent downward trend of positive cases with vaccine maturation.

“After 0-20 days (Dose 1), post vaccination and infected recorded 50.45 per cent.

“After 21-35 days (Dose 2), post vaccination and infected recorded 30.41 per cent.

“After >35 days, post vaccination and infected recorded 19.14 per cent,” he said in a social media post last night (Aug 4).

From the data on Aug 4 provided by the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH), however, he said the trend was dynamic as more Sarawakians were receiving their second doses.

Dr Sim, who is also Minister for Local Government and Housing, said out of 1,146 infected cases requiring hospitalisation on Aug 4, 45.7 per cent have not been vaccinated, 27.6 per cent received their first doses and the remaining 23.5 per cent completed their double doses. — DayakDaily