Covid-19: Sarawak reports two more deaths, 10 new cases

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  • Saturday, 21 Mar 2020

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KUCHING: The Sarawak disaster management committee has reported two more deaths and 10 new Covid-19 cases in the state.

In a statement on Saturday (March 21), the committee said the latest victims were a 79-year-old woman and her 40-year-old daughter, both from Kuching.

"The mother died at a private medical centre here at 2am on March 18 while her daughter died at the Sarawak General Hospital today (Saturday) at 1pm.

"Another family member who had tested positive for Covid-19 is still warded and on life support at SGH," the committee said, adding that the source of their infection was still being investigated.

It said there was a delay in reporting the elderly woman's death because the private medical centre where she was warded had to wait for the test result from a private laboratory in Kuala Lumpur.

Meanwhile, the 10 new positive cases in Sarawak brings the total in the state to 68.

Five of the cases are in Sibu Hospital, three in SGH – including the woman who died Saturday – and two in Bintulu.

The state also recorded another 37 persons under investigation (PUI) to bring the cumulative total to 751 cases.

Of these, 711 have tested negative and 40 more are awaiting test results.

The Star is awaiting information from the Health Ministry if the two latest deaths are in addition to the number deaths reported as of noon Saturday, which would bring the total number of fatalities nationwide to six.

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