Covid-19 – Kuching pastor among first two fatality cases

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By Emma Victoria

A 60-YEAD-OLD pastor from the Emmanuel Baptist Church Kuching is among the first two Covid-19 fatality cases in the country. The other victim is a 34-year-old man, who had attended the religious event in the Seri Petaling mosque in Kuala Lumpur

The pastor died around 11am at the Sarawak General Hospital, the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee said in a statement. He is said to have a history of chronic illness. The state’s Health Department is still in the process of identifying the source of his infection.

The other Covid-19 fatality, patient 178, was admitted into Hospital Permai in Johor Baru on March 12, after developing symptoms a week earlier.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba in a media statement today said 120 new cases were reported today, bringing the total to 673. Based on initial investigations, of the 120 cases, 95 could be traced to the Seri Petaling mosque cluster.

Twelve patient are in intensive care units and require breathing assistance. Seven patients had fully recovered and were discharged today, bringing the total number given the clean bill of health to 49.

Meanwhile, 193 close contacts of the late pastor have been traced and are undergoing home quarantine. Sarawak today recorded a total 11 new positive cases. There are six from Kuching, three in Limbang and one each from Betong and Lawas.

They are now being treated at the three designated hospital namely, Sarawak General Hospital, Sibu Hospital and Miri Hospital.

Currently, 45 Covid-19 cases in Sarawak had been traced to four clusters namely, Sri Petaling, Kuching Church, Sarikei and another cluster in Kuching, which the source of which is yet to be identified.

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