Sarawak today recorded two COVID-19 fatalities, one each in Miri and Sibu, to take the death toll in the state to 21, said State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.
He said the 20th death case involved a 42-year-old local man who was admitted to the Miri Hospital on Jan 13 after falling unconscious, adding that the man died a day later.
“A swab test on Jan 14 came back positive for COVID-19 on Jan 16 and the case also had co-morbidity (other diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and Hepatitis C infection),” he said at the daily press conference on COVID-19 today.
Uggah, who is also Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister, said the 21st death case involved a 55-year-old local man who tested positive for COVID-19 on Jan 15 and was admitted to the Sibu Hospital on the same day.
“The victim hailed from the district of Kanowit and was a close contact of the Pasai Cluster that was screened on Jan 12. He also had high blood pressure, diabetes as well as kidney infection. He died at 1.41 am today,” he said.
Uggah, meanwhile, said that the Beluru district has gone from being a yellow zone to a red zone after 42 cases were detected involving local transmissions over the past 14 days.
“The Betong District, meanwhile, has switched from green zone to yellow zone after seven new cases were detected involving local transmissions in the past 14 days,” he said.
Today, 100 positive cases were detected in Sarawak, with Sibu reporting 37 cases, Beluru (27), Betong (seven), Miri (seven), Kuching (six), Bintulu (four), Selangau (four), Sri Aman (three), Lubok Antu (three), Sarikei (one) and Kanowit (one), taking the total infection tally in the state to 2,211.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency