By Karen Bong
KUCHING, Jan 29: A 40-year-old man with comorbid conditions in Sibu becomes the 36th Covid-19 fatality while Sarawak’s tally of positive cases has breached the 4,000 mark after 179 new cases were reported today.
State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas revealed that the deceased, Case 1,880, had received treatment at Sibu Hospital after experiencing difficulty in breathing.
“The rT-PCR test was positive and his health condition deteriorated before he passed away today (Jan 29). He was comorbid with hypertension and dyslipidemia.
“The SDMC extends our deepest condolences to the family of the victim,” he told a press conference on Covid-19 update today.
Of the 179 new Covid-19 cases, Uggah informed that Sibu continued to record the highest number of cases at 65 followed by Song (54), Miri (12), Kapit (11), Lundu (7), Selangau (7), Bau (6), Bintulu (5), Sebauh (3), two each in Meradong and Kanowit, and one each in Kuching, Pakan, Samarahan, Sarikei and Serian.
This increased the state’s tally of positive cases to 4,124.
Of the 65 new cases in Sibu, 33 cases were linked to the Pasai Cluster while 17 cases were detected from active contact screening to positive cases, eight cases from other screening at various healthcare facilities, four cases involved healthcare workers screening and three cases involved symptomatic screening.
In Song district, 47 out of 54 cases recorded were linked to Pasai Cluster while two cases involved symptomatic screening, two cases from other screening at healthcare facilities, two cases from active contact screening and one case involved healthcare workers.
As for the 12 cases in Miri, four cases were detected from active contact screening, four cases from other screenings at various healthcare facilities, two cases involved healthcare workers and two cases from symptomatic screening.
Down at Kapit, six of the 11 cases reported were linked to Pasai Cluster, four cases from active contact screening and one case involved healthcare worker.
For Lundu and Selangau, both districts with seven cases respectively were linked to Pasai Cluster.
In Bau, the six cases were linked to newly emerged Tabong Cluster while in Bintulu which has five cases, two were detected from active contact screening, two from symptomatic screening and one case involved healthcare worker.
As for Sebauh, the three cases were detected form active contact screening while in Kanowit, one case was linked to Pasai Cluster and one case from other screening at healthcare facility.
For Meradong, two cases were detected from active contact screening and the one case in Kuching was discovered from symptomatic screening at healthcare facility.
For Pakan, Sarikei and Samarahan which reported one case each, these were detected from active contact screening and symptomatic screening while Serian’s sole case was linked to Bedayan Cluster. — DayakDaily