KUCHING: The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian has reminded the public that Covid-19 does not discriminate by age.
“No age is too young for Covid-19 in Sarawak. In 2020, the cases tended to be senior Sarawakians. And in 2021, younger Sarawakians,” he said in his Facebook post last Sunday (May 16).
He was commenting on the death of a 29-year-old woman, the youngest Covid-19 fatality reported in Sarawak on Sunday.
“A young life with lots of potential cut short by Covid-19,” he said.
Dr Sim, who is also the Local Government and Housing Minister, said that if obesity was a risk, half of Sarawak population would be at risk.
On May 16, SDMC said that the 223rd death due to Covid-19 involved a 29-year-old local woman who was obese.
She was admitted to the Bintulu Hospital from a private hospital after experiencing fever.
The committee said that her RT-PCR test was found positive for the virus on May 4 and she died on May 13.
In another Facebook posting, Dr Sim, citing the data by Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) Covid-19 Response Team, said that in the first four months of this year, there were 11 deaths involving people between the age of 21 and 40.
Fourteen deaths involved people between the age of 41 and 50 years old; 33 deaths involved those between 51 and 60 years old; 32 deaths involved those between 61 and 70 years old; 48 deaths involved those between 71 and 80 years old and 23 deaths involved those between 81 and 100 years old.