Woman from Lingga is latest Covid-19 death in Sarawak

Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, Apr 22: Sarawak today reported 19 more Covid-19 cases and one death, bringing the state’s death toll from Covid-19 to 16 since Mar 17.

State Disaster Management Committee chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said today’s fatality involved a 72-year-old Iban woman from Lingga, Sri Aman.

The deceased had other underlying conditions including high blood pressure. Some of her symptoms included epigastric, melanic stool and shortness of breath before her passing today at 9.15 am.

The Lingga patient was referred from Sri Aman Hospital to Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) for treatment on Apr 20. He was found to be positive with Covid-19 on Apr 22.

The deceased had no history of exposure to a known Covid-19 case, and the cause of the infection is still under investigation.

Meanwhile, Uggah who is also Deputy Chief Minister reported that there are 17 patients who have recovered from the pandemic, 15 of whom were discharged from SGH while one each from Sibu Hospital and Miri Hospital respectively.

As for the 2,500 people who have had either close or casual contact with Covid-19 patients, Uggah said 207 had successfully been contacted, out of whom 82 had agreed to be screened at Unimas centre while 111 had made appointments to be screened at the screening centre at Youth and Sports Complex.

“Yesterday, the police had arrested 85 individuals who violated the movement control order (MCO), and 191 have been brought to court.

“Since Mar 18 until today, 1,415 individuals have been arrested and 859 being charged in court,” said Uggah. —DayakDaily