Two more Covid-19 deaths in Sibu as Sarawak cases drops by more than half

By Emma Victoria

RECOVERIES have outpaced new infections for the third straight day as the Health Ministry reported 3,638 recoveries while 3,048 new Covid-19 cases were logged.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the recoveries bring the total number of discharges to 145,084.

He said the total number of infections now stands at 186,849, with 41,076 active cases.

Of that, 261 patients are in the ICU with 101 on respirators.

Meanwhile, there were 11 deaths today, bringing the number of fatalities to 689.

Two of the deaths were in Sarawak while Sabah had three deaths. Others were in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Perak, Pahang and Kelantan.

Selangor had the highest number of new cases with 1,035 infections, followed by Johor (529), Sabah (348) and Kuala Lumpur (305).

Sarawak registered a drop from yesterday’s record number of cases, with 120 Covid-19 infections registered today. There were 255 cases yesterday

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee in a statement said both the deaths were in Sibu, involving a 72-year-old woman and a 52-year-old man.

The woman was admitted in the Sibu Hospital yesterday (Jan 24) and died today. She had a history of high blood pressure, obesity and chronic lung disease.

The other victim was admitted to the Sibu Hospital on Jan 19 and died today. He had high blood pressure, dyslipidemia and diabetes.

Meanwhile, out of the total 120 new confirmed cases, 52 cases are detected in Sibu, Subis (11), Miri (10), Dalat (9), Bintulu (9), Kanowit (6), Samarahan (5), Julau (5), Song (3), Kuching (2), Kapit (2) and one each in Sarikei, Pakan, Selangau, Lubok Antu, Telang Usan and Serian .

SDMC also announced that it will only allow a maximum of 30 people to attend funerals in MCO and CMCO areas.

“We have also decided that only up to 20 people can attend the ceremony at burial grounds for both areas,” it said.

SDMC had previously allowed up to 50 people to attend funerals in CMCO areas depending on the size of the house or funeral parlor. However, it was limited to close family members and they were required to practise social distancing of at least one metre.

To date, Sarawak has reported a total 3,499 cases, including 30 deaths.