By Adrian Lim
KUCHING, April 13: A 36-year-old woman who was comorbid with systemic lupus erythematosus was among four Covid-19 fatalities reported in Sarawak today.
According to reports from the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), the woman was admitted into Miri Hospital for an elective operation.
She tested positive for Covid-19 on April 10 through a rapid test polymerase chain reaction (rt-PCR) test and passed away on the same day.
There were also three other fatalities aged 42, 67, and 67 who had comorbidities of kidney and heart diseases who all died due to Covid-19 in Sibu Hospital.
This raises the death toll due to the coronavirus in Sarawak to 128 persons.
In the meantime, Sarawak reported 607 new Covid-19 cases throughout the state today, setting a new record high for daily new cases.
SDMC explained that the number of new cases was high due to a Covid-19 outbreak centred on a Police Training Centre which has so far recorded 61 cases.
However, the committee said the Covid-19 situation in the training centre was under control.
Meanwhile, the new cases reported in Sarawak today comprise Bintulu with 130 cases, Kuching (106), Sibu (106), Mukah (52), Miri (49), Kapit (33), Meradong (29), Saratok (23), Samarahan (14), Sarikei (14), Betong (8), Bukit Mabong (8), Selangau (8), Subis (8), Dalat (5), Kanowit (3), Matu (3), Julau (2), Serian (2), Sri Aman (2), Asajaya (1) and Beluru (1).
Thus, the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak has increased to 20,959.
Sarawak also saw 189 Covid-19 patients who recovered and were discharged from various health facilities.
There are 4,129 Covid-19 patients who are being treated at hospitals and low-risk quarantine centres throughout Sarawak.
There are also 607 new Person-Under-Investigation (PUI) cases with no Covid-19 swab test results pending. — DayakDaily