Covid-19 in Sarawak: One fatality and 135 cases

Infographic showing Covid-19 statistics for Sarawak as at January 31, 2020. Credit: Sarawak Disaster Information

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, Jan 31: Sarawak registered one fatality due to Covid-19 and 135 new infections today.

According to a press statement today from the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), the new cases were in Sibu (47), Miri (32), Bintulu (15), Bau (11), Subis (7), Song (7), Kuching (5), Kanowit (4), Lundu (3), Serian (2), Sri Aman (1) and Sebauh (1).

With this, the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak has increased to 4,450.

Sibu district once more accounted for highest number of daily cases with 47.

Out of that number, 22 cases were discovered via screening close contacts to Covid-19 patients while 17 cases were related to the Pasai Cluster, five from screening of symptomatic individuals and three cases involved medical staff.

The Pasai Cluster today saw an increase of 32 new cases.

Although there was a drop in the number of daily cases for the Pasai Cluster, several districts such as Sibu (17), Song (7), Kanowit (4), Lundu (3) and Miri (1) reported new cases.

The sole fatality reported today involved a 73-year-old man in Sibu who was discovered unconscious at home by his family members on January 29.

An ambulance was subsequently rushed to the man’s house but he was pronounced dead at the scene by the medical team.

The rapid test polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for Covid-19 on the man on the same day confirmed he was positive Covid-19.

SDMC disclosed that the man had fever and cough three days prior to his death and the deceased had comorbidity, hypertension, diabetes and dyslipidemia.

With this, the state’s death toll due to Covid-19 has risen to 38 cases.

On another note, there were 186 Covid-19 patients who recovered and were allowed to be discharged from various hospitals.

A total of 1,703 patients are still being treated for Covid-19 at various healthcare facilities and quarantine and low risk treatment centres.

There were also 134 new Person-Under-Investigation (PUI) cases, with 59 PUI cases awaiting laboratory test results. — DayakDaily