Sarawak records 3 Covid-19 fatalities, 200 new cases

Covid-19 statistics for Sarawak as of Feb 17, 2021. Credit: SDMC

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KUCHING, Feb 17: Sarawak recorded three Covid-19 fatalities with one each in Kuching (Indah Riang Cluster), Bintulu and Sibu (Geronggang Cluster) respectively and 200 new cases today.

Sibu registered the highest number of infections at 102 cases followed by Kapit (53), Kuching (16), Bintulu (13), Dalat (7), Miri (3), Lundu (3), and one each in Samarahan, Beluru and Belaga.

This pushed the state’s tally of positive cases to 7,225 and death toll to 65 today.

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), in a statement today, revealed that the 63rd fatality was Case 3,241, a 63-year-old man from Simunjan who was admitted to the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) after suffering from breathing difficulty.

The result for his rT-PCR test through close contact screening to a positive case returned positive on Jan 22. His health deteriorated before he passed away on Feb 16. The deceased was comorbid with high blood pressure, heart disease and dyslipidemia.

The 64th fatality was Case 6,833, a 74-year-old local man from Dalat who was admitted to the Bintulu Hospital also due to difficulty in breathing.

His rT-PCR test result returned positive on Feb 15 and his health deteriorated before he passed away today (Feb 17). The deceased was comorbid with heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and kidney disease.

The 65th fatality was Case 6,662 involving a 73-year-old local man who was found unconscious at a nursing home before being transferred to the Sibu Hospital.

His rT-PCR test result returned positive on Feb 14. The man passed away on Feb 14 while at the nursing home before being certified at the hospital. The deceased was comorbid with high blood pressure.

SDMC extended its deepest condolences to the families of the victims.

Of the 200 new cases recorded today, the Gelong Cluster in Kapit topped the list of 22 active clusters in Sarawak with 35 new cases followed by the newly declared Jan Yong Cluster in Kapit (14 cases), Kampung Sungai Maong Cluster in Kuching (12 cases), Pasai Cluster in Sibu (11 cases), Rakut Cluster in Miri (6 cases), and Univista Cluster in Samarahan (1 case).

Contact screenings to positive cases detected a total of 83 cases with Sibu topping the list of daily infections at 76 cases while Kapit reported four cases, Miri two cases and Bintulu one case.

Other screenings in healthcare facilities also picked up a total of 30 cases with Sibu reporting 26 cases, Kuching two cases and one each in Samarahan and Belaga.

Symptomatic screenings also detected eight cases, with Bintulu reporting six cases and one each in Kuching and Miri. — DayakDaily