By Adrian Lim
KUCHING, April 28: Three cases of brought-in-dead (BID) with two of them in their 30s were among six fatalities of Covid-19 reported in Sarawak today.
Brought-in-dead, or dead on arrival, refers to Covid-19 patients who have already passed away upon arrival at the hospital.
According to reports from the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), a 30-year-old man who was found unconscious by family members at home was later sent to Bintulu Hospital on April 11.
The victim had fever and coughing for a few days before that and tested positive for Covid-19 on April 12.
However, the victim was pronounced dead on April 11 and had hypertension and gout.
The case has been classified as BID.
Apart from that, a 37-year-old man who was also found to be unconscious at home in Sibu on April 24, had no comorbidities but experienced fatigue and chest discomfort was also classified as a BID.
His rapid test polymerase chain reaction (rt-PCR) found that he tested positive for Covid-19 on April 24.
Moreover, a 52-year-old man who was found to be unconscious at home in Bintulu on April 23 by family members was also one of the BID cases.
The victim, who had hypertension and diabetes was pronounced dead on April 23 and his rt-PCR test results on April 24 revealed that he was tested positive for Covid-19.
He had earlier sought treatment at a private hospital in Bintulu after coughing nonstop for two days.
Another fatality involved a 76-year-old woman who fell unconscious and was later admitted to Sarawak General Hospital.
The woman, who had diabetes experienced fever, loss of appetite and fatigue in the past few days and she was tested positive for Covid-19 on April 23.
SDMC said her health condition deteriorated and she passed away on April 26.
A 79-year-old woman who tested positive for Covid-19 on April 1 was also one of the deaths today, after she had earlier undergone treatment at a private hospital in Kuching due to fever and fatigue.
Subsequently, she was referred to Sarawak General Hospital and her health condition deteriorated and passed away on April 27.
The victim had hypertension and dyslipidemia.
A 54-year-old man from Sarikei also died due to Covid-19.
His rt-PCR test results showed that he tested positive for Covid-19 on April 1, after which he sought treatment in Sarikei Hospital.
Subsequently, the victim was referred to Sibu Hospital for treatment due to his ailing health condition.
Earlier on, he sought treatment at a private clinic in Sarikei due to fever and coughing and his rapid test kit (RTK) Antigen results for Covid-19 tested negative and he was then allowed to leave for home.
With six more casualties reported today, the death toll due to Covid-19 in Sarawak has increased to 171.
At the same time, there were 416 new cases of Covid-19 reported in the state. — DayakDaily