Mukah registers 175 out of 587 new cases, highest daily count among 27 districts

Sarawak Covid-19 statistics as at May 2, 2021. Infographics courtesy of SDMC.

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By Ling Hui

KUCHING, May 2: Mukah’s risky position was in the spotlight today after it recorded 175 out of 587 new cases among 27 districts in the whole of Sarawak.

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said 95 per cent of the 175 cases were longhouse residents detected through Active Case Detection (ACD) at one of the longhouses under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO).

Coming next after Mukah was Bintulu with 61 new cases, then Sibu (57), Kanowit (56), Kuching (45), Kapit (37), Miri (30), Sri Aman (25), Sebauh (20), Song (14), Pakan (9), Serian (8), Meradong (7), Subis (7), Bau (6), Betong (5), Beluru (5), Tebedu (4), Lundu (4), Tanjung Manis (3), Matu (2), Samarahan (2), Tatau (1), Marudi (1), Julau (1), Dalat (1) and Simunjan (1).

With that, SDMC in a statement today said the cumulative total of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak now stands at 31,691.

Out of the 587 today, 308 cases were detected following close contact screenings where 18 of them were symptomatic, while 213 cases were individual screenings from active clusters where six cases showed signs and symptoms of Covid-19 infection.

There were 44 cases that were detected via other screenings at health facilities, 20 cases from symptomatic tests in health facilities and two Import-B cases who returned from other states in Malaysia.

Meanwhile, the committee also reported two new deaths from Covid-19 today, thus increasing the State’s death toll to 182.

Fatality number 181 involved an 82-year-old Sarawakian female who was found unconscious at home by a family member and brought to the Mukah Hospital on April 25.

She experienced coughs, loss of appetite for three days and had difficulties in breathing before she was confirmed to have passed away on the same day.

The victim had a medical history of comorbidities with hypertension and diabetes.

The second Covid-19 fatality involved an 88-year-old Sarawakian female who also experienced breathing difficulties, nausea and fatigue before her condition deteriorated and she passed away on May 1.

Her medical history showed comorbidities of hypertension, heart disease and diabetes.

With 472 new recoveries reported throughout Sarawak, there are still 6,075 patients who are receiving treatment in various hospitals across the State. — DayakDaily