Covid-19: Huge drop to 70 new infections but one fatality

An infographic showing the Covid-19 situation in Sarawak as at January 27. Source: Sarawak Disaster Information.

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By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, Jan 27: Sarawak recorded one new fatality due to Covid-19 in Sibu but the number of new coronavirus cases has dropped to double-digit today.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas during a press conference today disclosed that Sarawak reported 70 new cases of Covid-19.

The number was a significant drop from the 205 cases reported yesterday.

Noting that the large decline in the number of new cases could signal an improving situation of the Covid-19 in Sarawak, Uggah who is also Deputy Chief Minister reminded the people to remain vigilant and abide by the standard operating procedures (SOPs).

He stressed that the war against Covid-19 is yet to be over and the situation is not safe yet.

“The war is still far from being won.

“We need to have a lot of collaboration and cooperation from various parties.

“Nonetheless, what is proven is the policies which we have adopted have shown results especially in terms of locking down the longhouses to control the movement of people,” he said during a press conference today.

Earlier, Uggah who is also Second Finance Minister disclosed that the 70 cases of Covid-19 were derived from Sibu (34), Dalat (10), Bintulu (9), Kanowit (7), Betong (4), Miri (2), Serian (2), Kuching (1) and Bau (1).

With the additional 70 cases, the cumulative number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Sarawak has risen to 3,774 cases.

There was one casualty due to Covid-19 in Sibu which involved a 74-year-old man who sought treatment at Sibu Hospital on January 17 due to shortness of breath.

He passed away yesterday and had comorbidity and gout.

Hence, the death toll due to Covid-19 in Sarawak has increased to 34.

There were also 143 patients who recovered from Covid-19 and were allowed to be discharged from hospitals throughout Sarawak.

As of today, there were 1,632 patients who were still being treated for coronavirus in seven hospitals throughout the state.

There were also 141 new cases of Person-Under-Investigation (PUI) and 34 PUI cases awaiting laboratory test results for their Covid-19 swab test. —DayakDaily