5 of 9 new Covid-19 cases in Sarawak linked to Wisma Saberkas Cluster

Covid-19 statistics for Sarawak as of Nov 4, 2020. Credit: SDMC

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KUCHING, Nov 4: Five of nine new Covid-19 cases reported in Sarawak today are linked to the Wisma Saberkas Cluster.

According to the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a statement today, this brings the state’s tally of positive cases to 936 as of Nov 4.

Kuching recorded eight cases comprising one imported case, one linked to the Greenhill Cluster, five linked to the Wisma Saberkas Cluster and one case detected from contact tracing screening. Miri confirmed one case without known links.

On the Wisma Saberkas Cluster, Case 929 is a local man, who had visited the premises and was detected after undergoing screening at a private hospital on Nov 3.

Cases 932 and 933 are two teens, aged 18 and 21-years-old, who visited the premises and were detected after undergoing screenings at a private laboratory on Nov 2.

Cases 934 and 935 involved workers at the premises who were detected through the Active Case Detection (ACD) operation conducted by the State Health Department on Nov 2.

Case 930 belonging to the Greenhill Cluster is a woman who had visited some locations in the Greenhill area and was detected following a screening at a private hospital on Nov 2.

She has no history of traveling outside the country or to high risk Covid-19 areas in the country. The cause of infection is still being investigated.

Case 936 is a man who had undergone screening at a government health clinic following close contact with Case 900. The case experienced fever and cough since Oct 19 but recovered two days later.

This case also had no history of travel outside of the country or to high risk Covid-19 areas in the country. Contact tracing for the case is currently being carried out.

The imported case, Case 928, is a local man who returned from Negeri Sembilan on Nov 1. Upon arrival at Kuching International Airport (KIA), he was placed into the mandatory 14-day quarantine at a hotel. The first test result returned positive on Nov 3.

He was asymptomatic and close contract tracing is currently underway.

All cases in Kuching are being isolated and treated at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH).

The sole case in Miri, Case 931, is a Vietnamese woman who had stayed in Miri for the past eight months. She received treatment at a private hospital after a bout of cough and fever on Oct 30.

She underwent screening for Covid-19 at the hospital for which her result was positive. She is now isolated and treated at Miri Hospital.

This case had no travel history back to her home country or visited any Covid-19 high-risked areas in the country in the past three months. The cause of infection is still being investigated and close contact tracing is also being carried out.

Meanwhile, Kuching remain a Covid-19 red zone with a total of 117 local transmission cases recorded within the past 14 days while Lundu, Miri and Limbang maintained their yellow zone status.

Six active clusters remain as of today, namely Baki Cluster (30 cases excluding 10 cases reported in Perak linked to this cluster), Greenhill Cluster (63 cases with five still awaiting results), Wisma Saberkas Cluster (16 cases with 10 still awaiting results), Bah Arnab Cluster (12 cases), Seladah Cluster (7 cases) and Putra Cluster in Bintulu (5 cases).

There were 14 cases who have recovered and were discharged from SGH. Thus, the total number of recoveries in Sarawak is now 777 or 83.01 per cent of total positive cases so far.

A total of 140 patients are receiving treatment in hospitals in the state currently, with 112 in SGH, 23 in Miri Hospital, three in Bintulu Hospital and two in Sibu Hospital.

Sarawak also recorded 14 more Persons-Under-Investigation (PUI) with five cases pending laboratory test results.

There were also 107 more Persons-Under-Surveillance (PUS) registered into selected hotels to undergo quarantine.

As of today, there is a total of 2,265 individuals undergoing quarantine in 26 hotels throughout the state. — DayakDaily