KUCHING, Nov 19: Sarawak’s daily Covid-19 cases dropped by nearly one-third in a month with 292 new cases reported today, while four fatalities were recorded on Nov 17.
This brings the cumulative number of cases in Sarawak to 248,836 and the death toll to 1,555.
On Oct 19, by comparison, 749 people were newly-diagnosed with the disease, while 13 people lost their lives.
The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), in its daily Covid-19 update, reported that of the new cases, five have more severe symptoms or are in critical condition.
The cases under Categories 3 (1 case), 4 (1 case), and 5 (3 cases) all have pneumonia, with the one under Category 4 requiring oxygen support and all three under Category 5 requiring ventilator support.
There are 112 cases under Category 1 without symptoms and 175 cases under Category 2 with mild symptoms.
As for the breakdown of cases, Kuching has the highest number of infections at 113 cases followed by Miri (34), Bintulu (29), Sibu (23), Serian (18), and Limbang (16).
Other districts that reported new cases include Simunjan (8); Lawas (7); Samarahan, Sri Aman and Bau (4 each); Saratok, Dalat and Tebedu (3 each); Mukah, Lundu, Kanowit and Subis (2 each); while Kapit, Meradong, Song, Asajaya, Betong, Selangau, Matu, Tatau, and Bukit Mabong have one case each.
For the four Covid-19 fatalities, three were recorded in Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) involving a 63-year-old man from Samarahan, and a 91-year-old man and a 66-year-old woman from Kuching.
All of them had comorbidities including high blood pressure, diabetes, dyslipidemia, heart disease, and last stage kidney disease.
Another death was reported at Sibu Hospital involving a 53-year-old woman with obesity.
With no new clusters emerging or declared ended, there are only six active clusters left in Sarawak as of Nov 19. — DayakDaily