Dr Mohamed Sapian: Most Covid-19 deaths involve those aged 60 and above with comorbidities

Dr Mohamed Sapian (file photo).

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KUCHING, Sept 20: There is an increase of Covid-19 mortality for Sarawakian residents aged 60 and above and with comorbidities.

State Health Director Datuk Dr Mohamed Sapian Mohamed in a statement today said Sarawak reported higher death numbers from September 1 to 20 as compared to the whole of last month.

“Sarawak has reported more than 1,000 daily Covid-19 cases since August 18.

“The number of death has also shown an uptrend with a total of 145 cases due to Covid-19 from September 1 until 20 as compared to 88 deaths for August 2021.

“Most of the deaths occurred among residents above 60 years old and had comorbidities,” he said.

Dr Mohamed Sapian added there were still many new clusters of Covid-19 reported in the State.

As a result, he reminded those in the high-risk groups such as senior citizens above the age of 60 and children who are not eligible to be vaccinated against Covid-19 not to visit crowded places.

Although the ban on dine-in was recently lifted, Dr Mohamed Sapian urges the public to avoid eating together with those from different household while continue to wear face masks and practise physical distancing in public places at all times.

He also urges the public to refrain from visiting family members not living in the same household, neighbours or friends without important matters.

Dr Mohamed Sapian added those who do not have valid reasons to go outdoors are advised to stay at home.

He advised those who experienced symptoms such fever, coughing, sore throat, shortness of breath, diarrhea and vomiting without unknown reason, to undergo the Covid-19 swab test at the nearest health facilities although the symptoms might be mild.

He asserted that many brought-in-dead (BID) cases occurred due to the patient being late in seeking medical treatment.

“The Sarawak community are reminded not to let their guard down and continue to abide by the standard operating procedures (SOP) to prevent oneself from Covid-19 infection which could be fatal.

“Together, we play our roles to break the chain of the Covid-19 transmission,” he added. — DayakDaily