Rise in “dead on arrival” Covid-19 cases in Sarawak

By S. Harrish

THE increasing number of “brought in dead” Covid-19 cases in Sarawak has got state leaders concerned and the public have been urged not to wait too long before going to hospitals.

State Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian said there were many Sarawakians suffering from ailments like diabetes, high blood pressure and heart or other organ problems, who can easily be infected by Covid-19.

Dr Sim cited the case of a 73-year-old man who was brought to Sibu Hospital dead on Jan 29 and was yesterday confirmed to have succumbed to Covid-19.

“It is sad that there was no chance to treat and save him,” Dr Sim said in a social media posting.

“There will be more ‘brought in dead’ cases soon if screening for early diagnosis of Covid-19 is still taken lightly by the public at large,” he said.

“There are many people with mild Covid-19 symptoms who are still going around in public places and are blissfully spreading the virus everywhere they go,” he added.

“These people are a danger to themselves, their immediate family members and those they encounter in their workplace and in public,” he warned.

He said this could be the main reason for the high infection rate in the state as it was not limited to cities and towns but also longhouses in rural Sarawak.

“Don’t wait until it’s too late,” he said, advising people to seek treatment even if they only had mild symptoms.