Six Covid-19 deaths in Sarawak

By S. Harrish

SARAWAK recorded six fatalities as the nationwide death toll stood at 60 today.

The state’s total is now 261 deaths while the national total is 2,369.

Among the Sarawakian deaths was a 41-year-old man who collapsed in his Miri home and died the same day. He had no history of medical conditions.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee said the other victims were a 69-year-old man, who died at Miri Hospital, two men aged 79 and 81 at Sarawak General Hospital in Kuching, a 74-year-old man at Sibu Hospital, and an 80-year-old woman at Sri Aman Hospital.

Sarawak registered 513 new cases today, with Miri recording the highest at 94.

It was followed by Bintulu (81), Sibu (49), Samarahan (48), Kuching (45), Kapit (30), Tatau (25), Selangau (21), Subis (12), Saratok (12), Tanjung Manis (11), Pakan (11), Simunjan (10), Mukah (10), Pusa (9), Kanowit (8), Asajaya (8), Bukit Mabong (6), Sri Aman (5), Meradong (3), Lubok Antu (3), Bau (3), Julau (3), Serian (3), Limbang (1), Sebauh (1) and Belaga (1).

Of the 513 new cases, only 77 showed symptoms during screening.

SDMC said a new cluster was declared in Miri today – the Jalan Datuk Permaisuri cluster.

The cluster is believed to have started from a social gathering in a residential area on Labour Day.

There are 31 positive cases so far.

SDMC also announced the end of two clusters today — Jalan Kapitan Cluster in Marudi and Pujut Satu Cluster in Miri.

The number of active clusters in Sarawak is now 84, with nine of them recording a total of 52 new cases today.

It also announced that three areas in Tanjung Manis will be placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) starting this Thursday until June 7.

The areas are Rumah Isa Blone, Rumah Ben Kuleng and SK Telok Gelam.

Nationwide, there were 7,289 new Covid-19 cases and this brings the total number of infections to 525,889.

There are 63,458 active cases with 726 patients in the ICU and 373 on ventilators.