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KUCHING: Sarawak recorded the highest number of Covid19 fatalities to date with five deaths along with 489 new cases yesterday, said the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).
In a statement, the committee said the latest figures brought the cumulative death toll in the state to 133, and cumulative positive cases to 21,448.
Two of the deaths were each reported in Sarikei and Bintulu while one was at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) here, it added.
The 129th death involved a 55year-old man who was admitted to Sarikei Hospital for having cough symptoms and needed respiratory assistance.
“The rT-PCR test was performed and he was found positive for Covid-19 on April 5. His condition deteriorated and he was confirmed dead April 12,” it said, adding that the case, from the Disso Cluster in Saratok, had comorbidities of hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia, and chronic kidney disease.
The 130th death involved a 78year-old woman who was referred to Sarawak General Hospital from a designated quarantine centre due to her having fever throughout the monitoring period.
SDMC said she tested positive on March 29 and died on April 12 after her condition worsened.
She had comorbidities of hypertension and diabetes, and was from the Kampung Baru Hilir Cluster, it added.
The 131st death involved a woman, 77, who was admitted to Sarikei Hospital due to symptoms of fever, cold and sore throat.
She also required respiratory assistance and was referred to Sibu Hospital for further treatment.
The rT-PCR test was done and found positive on March 1an and she was confirmed dead on April 13.
The case had comorbidities of hypertension and diabetes, and was from the Sungai Gemuan Cluster.
The 132nd death was a 78-yearold man who was treated at Bintulu Hospital for experiencing cough symptoms and was categorised as high-risk.
His rT-PCR test was positive on April 4 and he died on April 13 at the hospital. He case had comorbidities of hypertension and chronic kidney disease.
“The 133rd death was a 59year-old man who was treated at Bintulu Hospital for shortness of breath. His rT-PCR test was positive on April 5.
“His condition deteriorated and he was confirmed dead on April 14 and he had comorbidities of hypertension and gout,” said SDMC.
On yesterday’s new cases, the committee said Kuching recorded to most at 99, followed by Sri Aman with 76, Sibu (75), Miri (50), Bintulu (48), Beluru (32), Samarahan (25), Sarikei (17), Kapit (9), Mukah (9), Belaga (8), Meradong (8), Serian (7), Saratok (6), Subis (5), Marudi (5), Bau (3), Julau (2), Matu (2), Lubok Antu (1), Pakan (1), and Kabong (1).
SDMC also informed that there were 240 new Covid-19 recoveries throughout the state yesterday.
The recoveries were recorded at the Quarantine and LowRisk Treatment Centre (PKRC) under Sibu Hospital (52), PKRC under Miri Hospital (49), Sarawak General Hospital (42), PKRC under Hospital Sarikei (35), Bintulu Hospital (31), Sri Aman Hospital (11), PKRC under Kapit Hospital (7), PKRC Mukah (7), PKRC in Sri Aman Prison (4), PKRC Serian (1), and PKRC Betong (1).
This brought the cumulative number of Covid-19 recoveries in Sarawak to 16,879, it said.
SDMC said 4,373 cases are still being treated at hospitals and various PKRCs, with 916 in Bintulu Hospital and PKRC Bintulu, 888 in Sibu Hospital and PKRC Sibu, 647 in Miri Hospital and PKRC Miri, 596 in SGH and PKRC Kuching, 359 in Sarikei Hospital and PKRC Sarikei, 329 in PKRC Sri Aman Prison, 201 in Kapit Hospital and PKRC Kapit, 200 in PKRC Mukah, 82 in Betong Hospital and PKRC Betong, 73 in PKRC Serian, 59 in Sri Aman Hospital and PKRC Sri Aman, 14 in Limbang Hospital, seven in PKRC Semuja Immigration Depot Serian, and two in PKRC Lawas.