Sarawak’s death toll up to 35

Covid-19 Update for Thursday (Jan 28).

BY SARAH HAFIZAH CHANDRA & NUR SHAZREEN ALI

KUCHING: Sarawak recorded one new death in Sibu due to Covid-19 on Thursday, bringing the state’s death tally to 35.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said Case 2,047, a local female aged 79, had been receiving treatment at Sibu Hospital on Jan 13 due to fever and tested positive through the rT-PCR test.

Due to her deteriorating health, she passed away on Jan 27. She suffered from comorbidities, namely high blood pressure and dementia.

Meanwhile, 171 cases were recorded in the state with 77 in Sibu, 43 in Miri, 25 in Dalat, 12 in Bintulu, 10 in Kuching, two in Betong, one each in Kapit and Lundu. This increased the total number of cases in the state to 3,945.

In Sibu District, 43 out of the 77 cases recorded involved the Pasai Cluster while 14 were individuals screened through active case detection due to contact with positive cases.

Eleven were individuals screened among the community, six were individuals identified through health worker screening activity, two  were symptomatic individuals who went for screening at a private medical centre and one was an individual who was screened before undergoing operation at Sibu Hospital.

In Miri District, 20 cases were individuals screened through active case detection due to close contact, 12 cases involved the Pasai Cluster, six cases involved the Rakut Cluster, three cases were individuals identified through health worker screening activity and two were screened at a health clinic.

There were 13 cases involving the Pasai Cluster in Dalat District while 10 cases were individuals screened through active detection screening and two Import C cases from Miri District.

In Bintulu District, Pasai Cluster and Rakut Cluster recorded one case each and there were 10 cases of individuals screened through active detection in Sungai Plan, RPR Bandaria and Kidurong.

In Kuching District, there were four cases involving the Indah Riang Cluster, two Import C cases from Sibu District, one case was categorised as Import C involving the Pasai Cluster, one Import C case from workplace in Samarahan District in which the symptomatic individual was screened at a private hospital, one Import C case from Bintulu District and one Import A case, a local who had returned from Lebanon.

Betong District recorded two cases while Kapit District recorded one case from the Pasai Cluster.

In Lundu, one locally transmitted case was recorded in which the symptomatic individual was screened at a private medical centre in Kuching and it was found that the case had close contact with a Covid-19 positive case from the Pasai Cluster.