Sarawak’s new Covid-19 infections skyrocket to 1,867 cases, 2 new deaths including 1 BID

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KUCHING, March 15: Sarawak recorded two new Covid-19 fatalities, including one brought-in-dead (BID) case, as well as a dramatic increase in new infections, with 1,867 cases reported over a 24-hour period, nearly double the 965 cases reported yesterday.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said in a statement today that the BID case involved a 65-year-old man from Mukah who died on March 11 and had no history of medical illness.

The second death occurred on March 14, when a 65-year-old man from Samarahan died. He had high blood pressure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease as comorbidities.

By district, Kuching, Sibu, Miri, Bintulu, and Serian remained the top five districts with the highest number of new cases with 812 cases, 167 cases, 160 cases, 158 cases, and 103 cases respectively.

Samarahan (92), Sarikei (49), Sri Aman (49), Bau (41), Limbang (33), Betong (24), Saratok (20), Subis (15), Mukah (12), Dalat (11), Lawas (11), and Kabong (10) were among the 12 districts that saw double-digit gains.

The remaining districts with single-digit case counts are Matu (9), Lundu (9), Asajaya (8), Pakan (7), Simunjan (7), Lubok Antu (7), Meradong (7), Selangau (7), Marudi (6), Julau (6), Tebedu (6), Pusa (5), Tatau (4), Kanowit (4), Beluru (4), Daro (2), Sebauh (1), and Telang Usan (1).

Meanwhile, 581 of the new cases reported were classified as Category 1 (no symptoms), while 1,268 were classified as Category 2 (mild symptoms).

Additionally, six of the new cases were in Category 3 and involved patients with pneumonia; nine were in Category 4 and involved patients with pneumonia who need oxygen support; and three were in Category 5 and involved patients with pneumonia who need ventilator support.

Sarawak’s cumulative number of Covid-19 cases now stands at 281,463. — DayakDaily