Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah

KUCHING: Sarawak recorded two more deaths related to Covid-19 yesterday, bringing the total to 12.

The eleventh fatality was a 72-year-old man from Taman Sebah Height, Kuching. He tested positive for Covid-19 on March 28 and was admitted to the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH). He died at 1.37pm.

The twelfth victim was a 53-year-old man from Batu Kawa, Kuching. He was admitted to SGH on March 31 and tested positive on April 2. He passed away at 12.39am.

“For these cases, it is not known if they had come into contact with Covid-19 positive persons,” said State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) deputy chairman Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah in a press conference on the daily update on Covid-19 yesterday.

He also said that 10 new positive cases were recorded yesterday, bringing the total number of cases to 254 since the first case was reported on March 13.

“Out of these, 10 are now treated at SGH while one is in Sibu Hospital,” he said.

Abdul Karim also said a total of 50 new persons under investigation (PUI) have also been reported, bringing the total to 1,629. Of these, 1,304 are negative and 61 are still awaiting laboratory results.

On the 50 new PUI cases, 17 were recorded in Kuching district, eight in Miri, Samarahan (5), four each in Betong and Kapit, Saratok and Simunjan recorded three each, Bau (2), while Serian, Sibu, Sri Aman and Song recorded one each.

“In general, the rate of new infections in Sarawak has been unstable but the number of positive cases has increased,” he said.

When asked if the movement control order (MCO) period would go beyond April 14 as the situation is not improving, Karim said it would be reviewed.

“That is why we keep on reminding people to stay at home during the MCO period. The best way to flatten the infection curve is to avoid moving around as much as possible.

“This MCO is not to cause inconvenience to the people, but for the safety of all of us. We pray that this will improve for the state and the country,” he said.