Miri man pronounced dead last Thurs tests positive for Covid-19

By Chew Lip Song

A 42-YEAR-OLD man from Miri who was found unconscious last Wednesday and died the following day, has tested positive for Covid-19.

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said until further clinical tests were done, the cause of death was not attributed to the coronavirus. The death toll in Sarawak remain unchanged at 19 cases.

The victim was found unconscious and was rushed to the Miri Hospital but was pronounced dead the following day.

“The victim was swabbed on Jan 14 and the results returned positive on Jan 16. The victim also suffers from diabetes, high blood pressure andĀ Hepatitis A,” the SDMC added,

The committee also reported that half of the 40 districts in Sarawak now have Covid-19 cases, with 62 new cases reported today, bringing the tally in the state to 2,111.

Maradong and Julau are the latest districts to be infected, with two new cases reported each today.

Kuching, Sibu and Miri are still classified as Covid-19 red zones, with 725 cumulative cases reported in the three districts over the past 14 days.

Only Sebauh is classified as “orange” while Simunjan, Asajaya, Beluru, Dalat, Kapit, Lubok Antu, Selangau, Sebauh, Samarahan, Sri Aman, Bukit Mabong, Bintulu, Limbang and Kanowit are “yellow”.

The remaining 20 districts are still “green”.

Of the 62 new cases, the bulk of it were from Sibu (43). The other cases come from Miri (6), Kuching (3), Beluru (2), Dalat (1), Bintulu (1), Kapit (1) and Belaga (1).

Of Sibu’s 43 cases, 34 were from the Pasai cluster. This brings the number of positive cases linked to the cluster to 599.

The SDMC also announced that 38 Covid-19 patients had been discharged today, with the total discharge cases in the state now at 1,175. There are 917 active cases in the state, the bulk of whom are in Sibu Hospital (562), followed by Miri Hospital (205) and the Sarawak General Hospital (102).

Meanwhile, Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah reported thatĀ 3,339 new Covid-19 cases were reported nationwide today, the second-highest number of daily infections.

Selangor top the list with 1,314 new cases, followed by Johor (362) and Kuala Lumpur (334).

Seven new deaths were also reported.