Covid-19 – death toll at 10, with eight new cases in Sarawak today

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By Chew Lip Song

THERE are now 10 fatal cases from Covid-19 in the country, the latest being a 74-year-old man who had also attended the tabligh event in the Seri Petaling mosque.

The victim was admitted to the Penang Hospital on March 13 and was given respiratory support. He passed away at 4.05pm today, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement.

As of noon today, there are 139 new cases, bringing the tally to 1,306. Of the new cases, 74 are linked to the tabligh gathering, while 49 others are from different clusters that are still being investigated.

Meanwhile the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee announced eight new positive cases, bringing the total to 76 since Covid-19 was first detected in the state on March 13.

Seven of the new cases are at the Sarawak General Hospital and one in the Miri Hospital, the committee said in a statement. Forty-four new Person Under Investigation (PUI) cases were also reported today.

They comprise 21 in the Limbang Hospital, 18 at the Sarawak General Hospital, three in Bintulu and one each at the Sibu and Miri Hospitals. Since January 1 the state has recorded 795 PUI cases of which 709 had tested negative, 76 positive cases and 10 still awaiting test result. It had also
recorded three fatalities with the first one on March 17 recently.

The committee also directed all supermarket, hypermarkets, markets, pharmacies and private clinics to do social distancing in their respective premises. The police will check the implementation randomly. The owners are also advised to do temperature check on their customers and to provide hand sanitiser.

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