Sarawak Covid-19 fatalities increase by one to 17

Uggah speaking at the daily Covid-19 press conference today (April 30, 2020).

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, April 30: Sarawak recorded another Covid-19 fatality today, involving a 72-year-old man from Kampung Tabuan Lot here who has no close contact history to any identified positive cases.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas revealed that the latest fatality brings the state’s death toll to 17.

“The patient started to show symptoms of fever and cough on April 13. He sought treatment at the Sarawak Heart Centre on April 16 where he was categorised as with severe acute respiratory infection (SARI).

“His sample was taken on the same day and tested positive for Covid-19 on April 18. He passed away today (April 30) at 12.55pm,” he told a daily press conference here on the Covid-19 situation in the state today.

Sarawak also confirmed five more Covid-19 cases today, all of which are from Kuching, while no positive cases were recorded in other districts.

This brings the number of positive cases in the state to 507.

“Of the new cases, one is linked to the Kuching conference cluster, one to Italy PUI cluster, one sporadic and two are still under investigation.

“There are also six recoveries who have been discharged from the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH),” he said.

Uggah also disclosed that Sarawak recorded 53 more person-under-investigation (PUI) cases today with 40 cases awaiting laboratory test results.

Meanwhile, the Movement Control Order (MCO) compliance rate in Sarawak improved slightly to 97. 2 per cent today.

“In the past 24 hours, police arrested 48 people in Sarawak for not adhering to the MCO and 66 violators have been charged in court.

“Since MCO was enforced on March 18, a total of 1,923 arrests have been made and 1,329 have been charged in court,” he said.

Uggah added that 609 more Sarawakians returning to the state have been placed in designated quarantine centres as PUI while 41 persons have completed their 14-day mandatory quarantine and were allowed to go home. — DayakDaily