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KUCHING, April 4: A 56-year-old man from Kampung Demak Baru is the latest Covid-19 fatality in the state, bringing the death toll to 10.
State Disaster Management Committee deputy chairman, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, said the latest casualty has brought the cumulative number of death to double-digit since the first reported death on March 17 and first positive case on March 13.
“The victim was treated at the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) on March 30 and was tested positive on April 1. He was pronounced dead at 4.16pm, April 3,” the Youth and Sports Minister told a press conference on Sarawak Covid-19 updates at Wisma Bapa Malaysia here.
He said 15 new positive cases for Covid-19 were reported today, bringing the cumulative number in Sarawak to 254 cases. He added that all the 15 cases are being treated at SGH.
Abdul Karim said there were 70 new cases of Person Under Investigation (PUI). Of the 70 new PUI cases, 44 cases are from Kuching, 11 are from Miri, eight are from Serian, five from Samarahan and one each from Sri Aman and Bintulu.
He disclosed that the highest infection rate in Sarawak is located in the southern part at Kuching and Samarahan. He explained that more people from these two locations were infected due to geographical factor and higher rate of movement in the areas.
“Most of the people who stay in Kuching and Samarahan are working and providing essential services or products, or are required to leave their home to buy essential goods, thus the rate of infection was high.”
Abdul Karim believed that will not be a total lockdown for Kuching unless the situation worsened.
He said the situation was still under control, although the number of positive cases have breached the red zone, an indication where there are more than 41 positive cases.
He reminded the people to stay at home, abide by movement control order (MCO) and take care of personal hygiene. — DayakDaily