By S. Harrish
THERE were 221 new Covid-19 cases and three deaths in Sarawak today.
State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said the deaths were in Miri, Bintulu and Sibu, raising the state’s death toll to 87.
The first death involved a local 42-year-old man in Miri Hospital, who was first admitted with breathing difficulties, fever and cough.
He tested positive for Covid-19 on Feb 24 but his health continued to deteriorate and he died yesterday.
He also suffered from a heart problem, high blood pressure, diabetes, gout and dyslipidaemia.
The second death involved a 53-year-old local man who was admitted into the Bintulu Hospital on March 2 after testing positive.
He also died yesterday and had suffered from diabetes and obesity.
The third death was a local 58-year-old woman who was admitted to the Sibu Hospital, with cough and fever, and tested positive on Jan 21.
She also succumbed to the virus yesterday.
She suffered from high blood pressure and dyslipidaemia.
Meanwhile SDMC said that Sibu had the most number of cases with 79 infections.
It was followed by Bintulu (33), Betong (32), Kuching (17), Kapit (12), Julau (10), Serian (10), Meradong (8), Miri (5), Sebauh (5), Bau (3), Selangau (3), Pusa (2), Sarikei (1) and Tatau (1).
Sarawak’s total infections now stands at 10,895.
SDMC also said that a ‘gotong-royong’ to harvest paddy is thought to have led to a new cluster in Julau – the Bukit Tunggal Cluster.
It is a community cluster involving two longhouses at Nangga Lioh and Nangga Sebuntang in Bukit Tunggal, Durin, Julau.
The index case is a 69-year-old local man and 29 people have been confirmed positive so far.
Both the longhouses are under lockdown for 14 days since March 1.
There are now 26 active clusters in the state.
Meanwhile, the Health Ministry reported 1,680 Covid-19 cases and seven deaths nationwide.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there were 2,548 recoveries, bringing the total number of discharges to 289,452.
The total number of infections now stands at 311,777, with 21,159 active cases.
There are 172 patients in the ICU, with 84 on respirators.
The seven deaths bring the death toll to 1,166.
Selangor had 826 cases, followed by Sarawak (221), and Johor (139).