Three deaths in Sibu

Uggah (centre) speaking at the press conference as Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian (left) and State Health Department deputy director (Public Health) Dr Rosemawati Ariffin look on. Photo: Japen Sarawak

KUCHING: Sarawak recorded three new Covid-19 deaths in Sibu today, bringing the state’s death tally to 33.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the first victim was case 3,460, a local man, aged 59.

“The case received treatment at Sibu Hospital on Jan 22 after he started to experience symptoms of fever and cough.

“The antigen rapid test kit on Jan 22 and the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (rT-PCR) test returned positive,” he said at SDMC’s Covid-19 update press conference on Tuesday.

Uggah said the case’s health condition deteriorated and he passed away at 9.17am on Jan 24. He added that the case had comorbidities, namely high blood pressure and atrial fibrillation.

The state’s 32nd death was case 3,461, a 76-year-old local man who received treatment at Sibu Hospital on Jan 22 due to shortness of breath. He had also experienced fever and wet cough before this.

“The case was admitted to the hospital for further treatment. An rT-PCR test carried out at the hospital returned positive. The case’s health condition further deteriorated and he passed away at 4.45am on Jan 25,” said Uggah, who is also Deputy Chief Minister.

He said the third death reported today was case 3,659, a local man, aged 91, who received treatment at Sibu Hospital on Jan 24. He was admitted to the hospital after he was found unconscious by his family. 

Uggah said the case’s health condition worsened and he passed away on Jan 25.

“The antigen rapid test kit and RT-PCR carried out at the hospital were positive for Covid-19. The case had comorbidities such as chronic kidney disease, high blood pressure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD),” he said.

On behalf of SDMC, he expressed condolences to the families of the victims.