Covid-19: Sarawak records three deaths on V-Day

A health official collects a swab sample from a factory worker in Klang. – Reuters file photo

By Chew Lip Song

SARAWAK’S Covid-19 death toll is now 61, after three new deaths were reported today, two of whom were from the Pasai cluster.

The duo are a woman, 73, and a man, 63. The third death involved a 52-year-old man, the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said in a statement today. All three suffered from co-morbidity and died at the Sibu Hospital.

The SDMC also reported that 161 new Covid-19 infections were reported, bringing the total cases in the state to 6,586. Most of the new cases were from the Subis district (60), followed by Sibu (45), Bintulu (16) and Kapit (15).

The Pasai cluster continues to top the list of new positive cases at 65. The SDMC also announced the discovery of a new sub-cluster under Pasai, named Tangap, involving a construction workers quarters in the Subis and Miri districts.

“The index case to this sub-cluster, case 4,797, had a travel history to the Song district and also had close contact with third generation Covid-19 patients from the Pasai cluster,” the SDMC added.

The committee also announced that 147 patients were discharged today, with the tally in the state now at 4,701 or a recovery rate of 71.38 per cent.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry announced that 2,464 new Covid-19 infections were reported nationwide today, with the national tally now at 264,269 cases.

Seven new deaths were also reported throughout the country, with 965 total fatalities recorded so far.

The Ministry also announced that 4,525 Covid-19 patients were discharged today, with 260 still in intensive care units, of whom 111 required respiratory support.