77-year-old man dies of Covid-19 in Sarawak on Monday (Feb 1)


KUCHING: Sarawak's Covid-19 fatalities rose to 39, after one more death was reported on Monday (Feb 1), along with 105 new positive cases.

The state disaster management committee said the latest fatality was a 77-year-old man who was admitted to Sibu Hospital on Jan 22 after testing positive.

The man, who had chronic pulmonary disease, hypertension and gout, was admitted to the intensive care unit on Jan 29 when his condition deteriorated and passed away at 8.01am on Jan 31.

Of the new cases, the committee said Miri recorded the highest number with 20, followed by Bintulu (19), Lundu (14), Sibu (13) and Kapit (11).

Other districts which reported single-digit cases were Meradong (eight), Song (six), Bau, Kanowit and Serian (two each) and Kuching, Samarahan, Matu, Julau, Pakan, Dalat, Beluru and Subis with one each.

The state's tally of confirmed cases now stands at 4,555, with 1,664 active cases in hospitals and quarantine and low-risk treatment centres.

There were 143 new recoveries, bringing the number of recoveries to 2,836 or 62% of the total number of cases to date.

The committee also said Kapit district was now a red zone after reporting 41 local transmissions in the last 14 days.

Kapit, and Song which remains a red zone, have been placed under the movement control order from Feb 2 to 15.

Bau and Lundu turned from yellow to orange after recording 22 and 25 local transmissions respectively in the last 14 days, while Beluru turned from red to yellow after the local transmissions in the same period dropped to 20 cases.

Red zones are districts with more than 40 local transmissions in the last 14 days, orange zones 21 to 40, yellow zones one to 20 and green zones with none.

Other districts categorised as red zones in the state are Dalat, Bintulu, Kanowit, Miri, Sibu and Kuching, while Sarikei, Subis and Betong are orange zones.

Besides Beluru, 17 districts are yellow zones and nine remain green zones.

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