Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

KUCHING: Sarawak recorded another Covid-19 fatality yesterday, bringing the total death toll in the state to 17.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas revealed that the 17th case is a 72-year old man from Kampung Tabuan Lot, Kuching.

“The victim started showing symptoms on April 13 and was admitted to Sarawak Heart Centre in Kota Samarahan on April 16. While at the Sarawak Heart Centre, he was diagnosed with cough and fever and was categorised as Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI).

“Therefore, samples for Covid-19 were taken on the same day and a Real Time RT-PCR 2019 nCoV result from the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) laboratory on April 18 found that he was positive for Covid-19 infection and passed away on April 30 at 12.55pm.

“The case has no contact history for any confirmed cases of Covid-19,” he said during a daily press conference on Covid-19 yesterday.

Meanwhile, the state recorded five new positive Covid-19 cases. All five cases are in Kuching district.

“Of the five positive cases, one of them is from Kuching conference cluster, one from Italy-trip cluster, one from sporadic case and two cases are still under investigation,” he said.

He also said that six cases in SGH have recovered and have been discharged.

SDMC also reported 53 new Person Under Investigation (PUI) cases yesterday, bringing the cumulative total to 4,983 cases.

Of the total, 4,436 cases were negative and 40 cases are awaiting lab results.

He revealed that the capacity usage of 43 quarantine centres across Sarawak was at 55.05 percent or 1,963 current occupants.

He also said that as of yesterday, the movement control order (MCO) compliance rate was at 97.2 percent.

“The police arrested 48 individuals statewide for flouting the MCO while 66 were charged in court,” he said.