KUCHING: A 69-year-old man is the latest person to succumb to Covid-19 in Sarawak, taking the state's fatalities to 15.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said the patient fell sick on April 3, was admitted to the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) here on April 6 and tested positive the following day.
The patient, who had comorbidity (having more than one health condition), passed away at 2.28am on Tuesday (April 21).
"The case had no history of contact with other Covid-19-positive cases. In other words, they have not been able to link him with any cluster," Uggah said at the Sarawak disaster management committee's daily Covid-19 briefing here on Tuesday.
He also said Sarawak recorded 22 new cases, bringing the total number of confirmed infections in the state to 436. All 22 cases are being treated at SGH.
He added that 20 more patients had recovered and been discharged from the hospital. The number of people who have been discharged now stands at 88.
As for those still being treated, he said there were 98 at SGH, 14 at Sibu Hospital, eight at Bintulu Hospital and 18 at Miri Hospital.
Uggah also said the committee had decided that shops selling baking ingredients and accessories would be allowed to open twice a week, on Wednesdays and Fridays, from 7am to 7pm.
He said this was to enable families to make preparations for the coming Hari Raya and Gawai festive seasons.
However, he said the committee was maintaining its decision not to allow laundry outlets, including self-service ones, to operate during the movement control order.
In addition, Uggah said the state Labour Department and Occupational Safety and Health Department would help to monitor 138,183 foreign workers in Sarawak.
"It's important to ensure that this group is closely monitored as we don't want a new cluster to start among them," he said.