Two new deaths as toll reaches 135

KUCHING: Sarawak recorded two new deaths related to Covid-19 infection today, bringing the state’s Covid-19 death toll to 135.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the 134th death involved case 16,167, a local man, aged 61, who was admitted to Sibu Hospital as he was experiencing fever and cough and also required respiratory assistance.

“A reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (rT-PCR) test was done and it was positive on Mar 29,” he said at the SDMC Covid-19 update press conference today.

He said the case’s condition deteriorated and he passed away on April 14.

“The case had high blood pressure and tuberculosis.”

As for the 135th death, Uggah said this involved case 18,273 — a local man, aged 71, who was admitted to Miri Hospital as he was experiencing cough and breathing difficulties as well as requiring respiratory assistance.

He said the case’s rT-PCR test returned positive on April 6.

“This case’s condition deteriorated and he passed away on April 15. This case had high blood pressure,” said Uggah, who is also Deputy Chief Minister.