KUCHING, Feb 5: Sibu recorded another four Covid-19 fatalities today with the oldest a 95-year-old man, thus raising the state death toll to 48.
Sarawak also registered 178 new Covid-19 cases today with Sibu topping the list of daily infections at 67 cases followed by Bintulu (24), Dalat (23), Kanowit (21), Kapit (10), Miri (6), Song (5), Samarahan (5), three each in Kuching and Matu, two each in Selangau, Sebauh, and Beluru and one each on Sarikei, Bau, Subis, Julau and Lawas.
This thus pushed the state tally of positive cases to 5,272.
State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), in a statement today, revealed that the 45th fatality was Case 5,094 involving a 60-year-old man who had received emergency treatment at Sibu Hospital after experiencing difficulties in breathing, cough, fever and flu since Jan 28.
He was admitted into the hospital the same day whereby his swab test on Feb 3 returned positive. His health deteriorated before passing away on Feb 3. The deceased was comorbid with chronic kidney disease, high blood pressure, gout and dyslipidemia.
The oldest man who died of Covid-19 was the 46th fatality involving Case 4,031 who had received treatment at the hospital after testing positive on Jan 28. His health deteriorated and was pronounced dead on Feb 4.
The 47th fatality was Case 3,713 involving an 82-year-old man who was admitted to the hospital after coming down with fever. His swab test was positive on Jan 26.
His health also deteriorated before passing away on Feb 4. The deceased was comorbid with high blood pressure and stroke.
The 48th fatality was Case 4,920 involving a 79-year-old man who was warded in the hospital after his second swab test under close contact screening returned positive on Feb 3.
His health also deteriorated and was pronounced dead today. The deceased was comorbid with diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic kidney disease and history of stroke.
SDMC extended its deepest condolences to the families of the victims.
Of the new cases, Pasai Cluster accounted 65 cases with daily infections reported in eight districts namely Sibu (28), Kanowit (21), Dalat (7), Kapit (5) and one each in Song, Sebauh, Beluru, and Sarikei.
The newly declared Jun Heng Cluster in Bintulu has 12 cases while Jalan Pengiran Cluster in Matu added three cases, while Rakut Cluster in Miri reported one case.
A total of seven healthcare workers were infected with Covid-19 with Kapit reporting three cases followed by Bintulu two cases and one each in Sibu and Miri.
Contact screenings to positive cases detected a total of 47 cases with Sibu (17), Bintulu (6), Miri (5), Song (4), two each in Kapit and Selangau and one each in Kuching, Sebauh, Beluru, Bau, Subis and Lawas.
Other screenings in healthcare facilities also picked up 17 cases in Sibu while screenings in high-risk infection areas of Dalat picked up 16 cases.
Symptomatic screenings also detected eight cases with Sibu (4), Bintulu (3) and Julau (1).
Kuching recorded two imported cases involving returnees from Melaka and Selangor. — DayakDaily