State records 8 fatalities, another community cluster


KUCHING: Sarawak on Sunday (Sept 12) recorded eight new Covid-19 deaths and another new community cluster.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said the first death was that of an 86-year-old man from the Asajaya district.

The man had high blood pressure and tested positive for the virus on Sept 8. He was brought in dead (BID) to the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH).

It said the youngest person to die today was a 31-year-old man from Bintulu who had inflammatory liver disease. The victim tested positive on Sept 8 and passed away at the Bintulu Hospital.

Another fatality was a 38-year-old man from Kuching with no known medical history. The victim, who tested positive on Sept 10, was also brought in dead to the SGH.

The SDMC said another BID case at the SGH was a 46-year-old man from Kuching who tested positive on Sept 8. He had no known medical history.

It added that another death was that of an 81-year-old woman from Kuching, who tested positive on Aug 31. The victim had hypertension and diabetes and died at the SGH.

The SDMC said two more fatalities in the Bintulu district involved a 73-year-old man with no known medical history and a 68-year-old man who had high blood pressure, heart disease, gout and kidney disease.

It added that both cases tested positive on August 24 and passed away at the Bintulu Hospital.

The committee said another man aged 84 from Sibu, who tested positive on Sept 7, had also passed away at the Bintulu Hospital. He had high blood pressure, diabetes, dyslipidaemia, heart disease and kidney disease.

Meanwhile, the SDMC said another community cluster known as the Nanga Lasi Mit cluster was declared in Julau.

The cluster involved two longhouses at Nanga Lasi Mit, Julau.

Of the 224 people who were screened, the SDMC said 84 were positive, while 140 were negative.

The positive cases are currently receiving treatment at the Sarikei Hospital and its Covid-19 Low-Risk Treatment and Quarantine Centre (PKRC).

The SDMC also announced the end of three clusters in Kuching, namely, the 511 Sentosa cluster, the Kampung Seratau cluster and the Kampung Sungai Laruh cluster as no new cases were reported in these clusters for the past 28 days.

Currently, of the 135 active clusters in the state, 27 clusters have reported a total of 389 new cases.

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