Two Covid-19 fatalities reported in Miri and Sibu

Sarawak Covid-19 statistics as at Jan 18, 2021. Graphics courtesy of SDMC.

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Jan 18: Two fatalities from Covid-19 are reported in Sarawak today.

“Sadly today, there are two deaths due to Covid-19 with one in Miri and another one in Sibu,” said State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.

The first fatality case of today (Case 2,065) involved a 42-year-old local male who was admitted into the Miri Hospital on Jan 31 after he became unconscious.

He was confirmed to have passed away on Jan 14. His swab test on Jan 14 was found positive on Jan 16.

Uggah added that the patient had history of other diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and Hepatitis C.

“Fatality Case 21 (Case 2,005) is also a Sarawakian male, aged 55 years, who was confirmed to be Covid-19 positive on Jan 15 and he was admitted into the Sibu Hospital on the same day.

“This case was originated from Kanowit and was a close contact of positive cases in the Pasai Cluster screened on Jan 12.

“The patient had medical history of high blood pressure, diabetes and kidney infection. He was confirmed to have passed away 1.41am today,” he told a press conference of Covid-19 update today.

With these two new cases, the cumulative number of fatalities due to Covid-19 in the state has increased to 21.

Sarawak, today, also recorded 100 new Covid-19 cases with 37 cases in Sibu, Beluru (27), Betong (7), Miri (7), Kuching (6), Bintulu (4), Selangau (4), Sri Aman (3), Lubok Antu (3), Sarikei (1) and Kanowit (1).

The cumulative number of positive cases in Sarawak has since then gone up to 2,211. — DayakDaily