Rising “brought in dead” cases due to delay in seeking treatment

By Emma Victoria

OVER the past two days, half of the Covid-19 deaths reported in Sarawak were “brought in dead” cases, including young adults.

According to the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee’s report, a 37-year-old man in Sibu, who did not have any medical history of illnesses, died due the virus on April 24, even before he could get treated.

He was found unconscious at home in Sibu after having chest discomfort and fatigue two days earlier, but did not suffer from any underlying health conditions. A post-mortem confirmed he was Covid-19 positive.

Another young adult was a 30-year-old man in Bintulu, who was also found unconscious at home after experiencing fever and cough a few days before. He was also classified as “brought in dead” and a post-mortem confirmed he too was Covid-19 positive. The victim had high blood pressure and gout.

Sarawak Health Director Dr Chin Zin Hing when contacted said the “brought in dead” cases were mostly due to delay in seeking treatment despite having some Covid-19 symptoms.

However, he did not have the total number of such cases in the state thus far.

Apart from that, there were also more of Covid-19 fatalities involving younger patients in Sarawak.

Based on the figures reported in the SDMC daily report, there are a total of 10 deaths involving those aged between 30 and 50, from April 19 to 29.

Sibu Division Disaster Management Committee (SDDMC) coordinator Dr Annuar Rapaee has cautioned young people not to ignore Covid-19-like symptoms but instead to get tested immediately.

He said the recent Covid-19 deaths involving younger people in Sarawak indicate that the group was also at risk of getting extremely sick or dying from the virus.

“For cases like this, most victims had symptoms for two or three days but they ignored it and eventually they became unconscious,” Dr Annuar explained during a Facebook live session on Wednesday, according to Borneo Post.