By Ling Hui
KUCHING, July 11: Sarawak recorded one death from Covid-19 today involving a 72-year-old man who was already suffering from diabetes and hypertension, bringing the total number of fatalities to 18 as of today.
The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), in a statement, disclosed that the victim was the 576th positive case in Sarawak. He was already receiving treatment in Borneo Medical Centre (BMC) Kuching since July 9 as he was having a fever.
He was then tested positive from the rapid test polymerase chain reaction (PCR) on July 10 after being admitted to Sarawak General Hospital (SGH)’s isolation ward. On the same day, his situation worsened and he died.
SDMC also revealed another positive case involving a local man returning from the United Kingdom, bringing the total number to two positive cases today in Sarawak.
The statement said the man’s Covid-19 antigen test at the entry point at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on July 9 was negative.
The patient was sent to undergo quarantine upon his arrival at Kuching International Airport (KIA) and his PCR test on the second day showed that he was positive for Covid-19. He was immediately sent to SGH for treatment.
With two more cases recorded today, SDMC confirmed that the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak is now 577 cases.
It also stated that there were 13 new persons-under-investigation (PUI) cases and two still awaiting laboratory results.
The committee said there were seven patients who were still receiving treatment at the isolation ward at health facilities.
On a related issue, SDMC said there were 60 persons-under-surveillance (PUS) who were registered into hotels in Sarawak to be quarantined.
It noted that there is now a total of 474 individuals under quarantine in 11 hotels throughout Sarawak while 18,317 PUS have completed their 14-day quarantine. —DayakDaily