By Chew Lip Song
A MOTHER and daughter from Kuching are the latest Covid-19 fatalities, bringing the national death toll to eight nationwide.
The latest Sarawakian victims were a 79-year-old woman and her 40-year-old daughter, the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee said in a statement.
The mother died at a private medical centre in Kuching at 2am on March 18, while her daughter died at the Sarawak General Hospital today at 1pm.
The was a delay in reporting the death of the elder woman was because the private medical centre where she was warded had to wait for the test result from a private laboratory in Kuala Lumpur.
The statement did not specify the nature of the tests.
The 79-year-old woman also had contact with two other children, a son and daughter who have also since been tested positive.
The state’s first fatality was recorded on March 13 also in Kuching involving a 60-year-old pastor from the Emmanuel Baptist Church, Kuching.
The seventh death involved a 57-year-old Malaysian who has a history of travel to Vietnam and contact with a patient positive with Covid-19 from the tabligh cluster.
He was warded at Hospital Kuala Lumpur on March 18 after suffering from fever, cough and sore throat for a week, before breathing his last on March 21.
The eighth death involved a 69-year-old from the tabligh cluster, who was warded at Hospital Tumpat on March 16 and transferred to Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II on March 18 after suffering from fever since March 12.
He finally succumbed to Covid-19 on March 21 after his health condition deteriorated.
Meanwhile Sarawak today also recorded 10 new Covid-19 positive cases, bringing the total to 68 since March 13. Five of the cases are at Sibu Hospital, three in the Sarawak General Hospital Hospital (inclusive of the woman who died today) and two in Bintulu.
At the national level, 153 new cases were confirmed, bringing the total to 1,183. Of the new cases, 90 are linked to the tabligh gathering.