Covid-19: Sarawak records 217 new cases but only 25 had symptoms

By S. Harrish

SARAWAK reported 217 new Covid-19 cases and two deaths today, bringing the total number of cases in state to 16,845.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said the two deaths were in Bintulu and Sibu, and the death toll now stands at 112.

It said the 111th death involved a 51-year-old man who was brought yesterday to the emergency department of Bintulu Hospital with shortness of breath.

He tested positive for the virus and with his condition deteriorating, he succumbed to the disease the same day.

He had a history of end-stage kidney disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and liver disease.

The other fatality involved a 79-year-old woman, who was in a quarantine centre.  She tested positive on March 8 and was admitted in Sibu Hospital.

However, her health condition worsened and she died today. She had also suffered from high blood pressure and dyslipidemia.

Of the new cases, Bintulu registered the most cases at 74, followed by Sibu (46), Miri (30), Kuching (28), Julau (10), Meradong (5), Samarahan (5), Mukah (3), Saratok (3), Serian (2), Beluru (2), Kanowit (2), Marudi (2), Matu (2), Betong (1), Sarikei (1) and Lubok Antu (1).

SDMC said only 25 of them showed symptoms of the virus.

Meanwhile, the health ministry reported 1,294 Covid-19 cases and five deaths nationwide in the past 24 hours.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this brought the total number of infections to 347,972, with 14,246 active cases.

He said there 168 patients in the ICU, with 78 on respirators.

Selangor recorded the highest number of cases with 455, followed by Sarawak (217), Penang (139) and Johor (103).

Kuala Lumpur had 88 cases, Kelantan (66), Sabah (63), Pahang (57), Negeri Sembilan (31), Malacca (22), Kedah (21), Perak (14), Terengganu (8), Labuan (4), Putrajaya (5) and Perlis (1).

There were 10 new clusters today. Seven are work-place related, two community clusters and the other involves a high-risk group.