5-year-old boy from Miri becomes youngest to die from Covid-19 in Sarawak


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KUCHING, Oct 9: A five-year-old boy afflicted with morbid obesity from Miri became the youngest Sarawakian to die of Covid-19 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

Previously, the youngest Covid-19 related death recorded in Sarawak was an eight-year-old girl from Serian, who died of complications due to the virus on Aug 29.

The deaths recorded in the State today numbered at 14, including a 41-year-old woman with no underlying health conditions, also from Miri, as well as five brought-in dead (BID) cases reported in Sarawak between Sept 30 and Oct 8.

Sarawak’s Covid-19 death toll currently stands at 983.

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), in its daily update on the Covid-19 situation in Sarawak reported that the boy had passed away on Oct 6, while the middle aged woman passed away on Oct 7 at Miri Hospital.

For the five BID cases, they were reported in Bintulu on Oct 3 involving a 64-year-old man who had comorbidities of diabetes and heart cancer.

Two BID cases were also reported in Bintulu on Oct 6 involving a 31-year-old woman and a 76-year-old man. Both of them had multimorbidities including hypertension, diabetes, hyperthyroidism and obesity.

A further two BID cases were recorded in Kuching on Oct 7. The victims were an 89-year-old woman and a 70-year-old man. Both of them, who had underlying health conditions, were transported to Bau Hospital.

As for the remaining seven deaths, a 73-year-old man from Betong passed away in Sarikei Hospital on Sept 30. He had comorbidities of hypertension and heart disease.

On Oct 5, one Covid-19 death was reported in Sibu Hospital. The deceased was a 79-year-old man with hypertension, dyslipidemia and chronic lung disease.

Another death was recorded on Oct 6 in Sri Aman involving a 48-year-old man who was morbidly obese.

On Oct 7, three more deaths were reported with two in Sibu Hospital involving a 48-year-old woman with heart disease and a 57-year-old man with hypertension, dyslipidemia and inflammatory liver disease.

One death was reported in Sarikei Hospital involving a 42-year-old woman with hypertension and obesity.

On Oct 8, a 74-year-old man from Kuching with hypertension, gout and kidney disease passed away at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH). — DayakDaily