Sibu records triple-digit jump in Covid-19 cases with 133 of 419 cases statewide today

A graphic showing the number of new Covid-19 cases in Sarawak today.

KUCHING, May 5: Sibu is the only district that registered another triple-digit jump in new Covid-19 cases and the highest number of cases in Sarawak with 133 of the 419 cases recorded in 26 districts today.

Sarawak also reported two Covid-19 fatalities. This thus pushed the state tally of positive cases to 33,086 and the death toll to 190.

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), in its daily update report on Covid-19 situation in Sarawak, disclosed that 61 per cent of the cases today were detected in Sibu, Mukah, Kuching, Kanowit and Bintulu.

The other 25 districts that saw an increase in new cases are Mukah with 35 cases, Kuching (33 cases), Kanowit (28 cases), Bintulu (27 cases), Kapit (25 cases), Selangau (18 cases), Serian (17 cases), Pakan and Miri (15 cases each), Bukit Mabong (11 cases), Belaga and Lundu (10 cases each), Tebedu (9 cases), Betong (6 cases), Meradong (5 cases), Song (4 cases), Sri Aman, Beluru, Julau and Sebauh (3 cases each), Samarahan (2 cases) while Lubok Antu, Limbang, Bay and Sarikei has one case each.

Of the 419 cases, SDMC informed that 74 cases were symptomatic while 328 comprised individuals who were undergoing quarantine.

A total of 218 cases were individuals with close contacts to positive cases while 92 cases were linked to active clusters.

There were also 18 imported cases with one case involved an overseas returnee from Papua New Guinea while the rest were returnees from other states in Malaysia.

Of the two fatalities, SDMC reported that the 189th death was linked to the Ulu Strass Cluster in Meradong.

The deceased was a 48-year-old woman or Case 25,848 who was warded in Sarikei Hospital after experiencing fever and breathing difficulties.

Her rT-PCR test result returned positive on April 21. She had comorbidities of hypertension, diabetes and dyslipidemia deteriorated and she passed away yesterday (May 4).

The 190th fatality or Case 28,766 involved a 58-year-old overseas-born Malaysian citizen who had been referred to Miri Hospital from Columbia Asia Hospital after his RTK Antigen test returned positive results for Covid-19 on April 26.

The deceased, who had symptoms of cough and breathing difficulty, tested positive for Covid-19 on April 27.

He had comorbidities of diabetes and hypertension, which deteriorated and before he subsequently passed away today.

There are still 6,301 active cases being isolated and receiving treatment in hospitals and PKRCs throughout Sarawak.

Sarawak also recorded 367 recoveries with 125 patients have been discharged from Sibu Hospital and Quarantine and Low-Risk Treatment Centre (PKCR) Sibu, 84 from Miri Hospital and PKRC Miri, 62 from Kapit Hospital and PKRC Kapit, 42 from Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) and PKRC SGH, 22 from PKRC Mukah, 14 from Sarikei Hospital and PKRC Sarikei, 12 from PKRC Betong, four from Sir Aman Hospital and two from PKRC Serian.

The total number of recoveries in Sarawak has increased to 26,519 or 80.15 per cent of total positive cases so far. — DayakDaily