1-year-old is Sarawak’s youngest Covid-19 victim

Covid-19 statistics for Sarawak as of Nov 3, 2020. Credit: SDMC

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KUCHING, Nov 3: A one-year-old in Lawas is the youngest Covid-19 victim reported in Sarawak which recorded 21 new cases today with the Greenhill Cluster adding 10 more cases to its tally and the new Wisma Saberkas Cluster confirming three more cases.

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), in a statement today, revealed that Kuching confirmed 12 cases while Miri, Lawas and Lundu had three each.

This brings the cumulative confirmed cases in the state to 927 as of Nov 3.

For Kuching, eight new cases, aged between 20 to 60, were linked to the Greenhill Cluster with all of them detected through close contact tracing.

Six cases were close contacts to Case 877 reported on Oct 31. Two of the cases have had fever and cough. They were screened at a government health clinic on Nov 1 and their results were confirmed on Nov 2.

One case is a local woman who is the friend of Case 832 while another case is a local man who had contact with Case 876. Both were asymptomatic.

As for the Wisma Saberkas Cluster, the three new cases were local women aged between 55 to 60 who operate businesses in the shopping mall. They were detected through an Active Case Detection (ACD) operation on Nov 2.

Kuching also recorded one imported case involving an individual who returned from a high risk area in Selangor on Oct 22. The case was screened upon arrival at the Kuching International Airport (KIA) and the first test was negative.

The case had then observed the 14-day mandatory quarantine and the second test on Oct 31 returned positive.

All the cases are now isolated and receiving treatment at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH).

In Miri, two confirmed cases linked to the Greenhill Cluster were friends to Case 829. Both were detected through close contact screening.

Another case involved a driver for oil and gas workers in Miri who was screened following close contacts with three positive cases—cases 828, 830 and 831—reported on Oct 28.

For Lawas district, the three imported cases were from one household comprising the father, mother and a one-year-old toddler, who had visited Beaufort, Sabah and entered Sarawak via Merapok Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Centre on Oct 29.

The mother is a teacher at a vocational college in Sabah. The cases was screened when undergoing quarantine at a centre and their results returned positive on Nov 2.

All cases in Miri and Lawas are currently isolated and being treated at Miri Hospital.

As for the ACD operation in Kampung Telok Melano in Lundu, the three cases comprised two women and one man aged between 34 to 62.

The cases were screened on Nov 1 and confirmed to be positive on Nov 2. Two of the cases also had experienced fever and cough. They have been admitted to SGH for treatment.

The ACD operation is still being actively conducted at Kampung Telok Melano following a positive case—Case 871—detected on Oct 30.

Up until noon today, 333 individuals have been screened and 244 were confirmed negative while 85 are still awaiting lab results.

Meanwhile, Kuching remained as a Covid-19 red zone with total 111 local transmission cases recorded within the past 14 days while Lundu, Miri and Limbang were unchanged as Covid-19 yellow zones.

Six active clusters remain as of today, namely Baki Cluster (30 cases with 183 awaiting results), Greenhill Cluster (62 cases), Wisma Saberkas Cluster (11 cases with 510 still awaiting results), Bah Arnab Cluster (12 cases), Seladah Cluster (7 cases) and Putra Cluster in Bintulu 5).

There were two cases who have been discharged from SGH. Thus, the total number of recovered cases in Sarawak has increased to 763 or 82.42 per cent of total positive cases so far.

A total of 145 patients are receiving treatment in hospitals in the state currently, with 117 in SGH, 23 in Miri Hospital, three in Bintulu Hospital and two in Sibu Hospital.

Sarawak also recorded 66 more Persons-Under-Investigation (PUI) with eight cases awaiting laboratory test results.

There were also 258 more Persons-Under-Surveillance (PUS) registered into identified hotels to undergo quarantines.

As of today, there are a total of 2,291 individuals undergoing quarantines in 25 hotels throughout the state. — DayakDaily