Sarawakian is Malaysia’s first Covid-19 casualty

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PETALING JAYA: A 60-year-old man is the first person to die of Covid-19 in Malaysia, Sarawak’s State Disaster Management Committee said today.

In a statement, it said the man, a pastor from the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Kuching, passed away at 11am at the Sarawak General Hospital.

“The state health department is still in the process of identifying the source of his infection”.

The department said so far, it has traced 193 close contacts of the pastor and they are undergoing home quarantine now.

It added that Sarawak also recorded 11 new positive cases — six from Kuching, three from Limbang and one each from Betong and Lawas.

“They are now being treated at the three designated hospitals, namely Sarawak General Hospital, Sibu Hospital and Miri Hospital.

“Currently, the 45 cases of Covid-19 in Sarawak have been traced to four clusters.”

One of them is the cluster linked to the Feb 27-March 1 mass tabligh gathering at Sri Petaling Mosque in Kuala Lumpur. The rest involve the cluster for the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Kuching, the Sarikei cluster and one more cluster in Kuching, for which the source has yet to be identified.

“Sarawak today recorded another 35 persons under investigation (PUI) cases, while 204 patients are still awaiting results,” the department said.

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