Woman admitted to Sibu Hospital six days after testing positive for Covid-19, dies

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By Chew Lip Song

A 35-YEAR-OLD woman who tested positive for Covid-19 on Jan 16 and only admitted into Sibu Hospital yesterday has died early this morning.

She was admitted following breathing difficulties and subsequently intubated, the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said in a statement today. She died at 5.20am today.

The committee did not say why the victim was not hospitalised immediately after testing positive. It was previously reported that the beds capacity to treat Covid-19 patients in the hospital had reached almost 80 per cent.

“Prior to this, the victim had fever, cough and blood in her phlegm. She was also suffering from high blood pressure and obesity,” the SDMC added.

She is one of the two deaths reported in Sarawak today, with the death toll in the state now at 26. The other death involved a 74-year-old man also at the Sibu Hospital.

The SDMC also announced that 193 new Covid-19 cases were reported across Sarawak today. The bulk of them were from Sibu (138). Others were from Bintulu (10), Kuching (9), Dalat (9), Kapit (7), Sebauh (4), Kanowit (2), Selangau (2), Bau (1) and Limbang (1).

Cumulatively, there are now now 3,124 Covid-19 cases in Sarawak.

Meanwhile, Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah announced that 4,275 new Covid-19 cases were reported nationwide today, an all-time high. The total number of infections now stands at 180,455.

Seven deaths were also reported in the past 24 hours, with the death toll now at 667.

Selangor continues to top the list of daily new cases with 1,421, followed by Kuala Lumpur (548) and Johor (425).

Nationwide, 260 patients are being treated in intensive care with 103 requiring respiratory assistance.

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