More Sarawakians aged below 40 succumbed to Covid-19 in Jan-April 2021 compared to whole of 2020

Graphics showing Covid-19 fatalities in Sarawak by age group in the first four months of 2021. Photo sourced from Dr Sim's Facebook page.

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, May 16: There were more young Sarawakians who succumbed to Covid-19 in the first four months of this year as compared to the whole of last year.

According to data compiled by the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) Covid-19 Response Team from January to April this year shared by Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian, there were 11 deaths which involved individuals aged between 21 and 40.

Compared to last year, most of the people who died due to Covid-19 were the elderly and senior citizens.

As for the first four months of this year, there were also 14 deaths which involved those in the 41 to 50 age group.

“No age is too young for Covid-19 in Sarawak.

“2020 – positive cases tended to be our senior citizen Sarawakians.

“2021 – younger Sarawakians,” Dr Sim wrote in a post on his Facebook page today.

Dr Sim added that medical experts and scientists from the State Health Department and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) have helped to track the Covid-19 virus genome.

He advised everyone to be on high alert for variants especially now that the Indian and South African variants have been detected in Malaysians in West Malaysia.

At the same time, he called on Sarawakians in West Malaysia to postpone returning to Sarawak for the time being. — DayakDaily