By Adrian Lim
KUCHING, May 6: A 44-year-old man who fell unconscious at home and four other senior citizens who had comorbidities were among five Covid-19 fatalities reported in Sarawak today.
According to a report from the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) today, the unconscious man was rushed to a health clinic in Bintangor after he was discovered unconscious at home on May 2.
At the health clinic, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was performed on him but the patient was pronounced dead.
It was believed that the patient had coughing and fever three days prior to death as well as shortness of breath and chest pain.
His Covid-19 swab test results showed that he was positive for the coronavirus on May 2. The man had comorbidities of hypertension and diabetes.
The second Covid-19 fatality was a 79-year-old man who sought emergency medical treatment at Sibu Hospital after experiencing shortness of breath.
SDMC said the patient experienced coughing and loss of appetite for a number of days.
His Covid-19 swab test returned positive on April 29 and subsequently his health condition deteriorated and before he passed away on May 5.
The patient had lung cancer, hypertension, diabetes and dyslipidemia.
The third Covid-19 death reported was a 75-year-old man who had initially sought treatment at Sarikei Hospital due to shortness of breath while also experiencing coughing and fever.
The patient tested positive for Covid-19 on May 3. His health deteriorated and he passed away on May 5. The man had obstructive chronic lung disease, hypertension and chronic kidney disease.
The fourth Covid-19 fatality was a 71-year-old man who sought treatment at Bintulu Hospital for shortness of breath and was discovered unresponsive by family members.
SDMC said cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was performed on him but the patient was pronounced dead on May 5.
Subsequently, his Covid-19 swab test results showed that he was positive for the coronavirus on May 5. The patient had diabetes, hypertension and chronic kidney disease.
The fifth Covid-19 fatality reported in Sarawak today was a 79-year-old woman, who had heart disease and was admitted to Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) as a close contact to a Covid-19 case.
She tested positive for the coronavirus via a rapid test polymerase chain reaction (rt-PCR) test on April 24 and her health condition gradually deteriorated before she passed away on May 5.
These five new casualties have raised Sarawak’s Covid-19 death toll to 195 persons. — DayakDaily