5-year-old boy among five Covid-19 cases today

Sarawak Covid-19 statistics as at Jan 2, 2021. Graphics courtesy of SDMC.

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By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Jan 2: A five-year-old boy from Kedah was found infected with Covid-19 when he landed in Bintulu with his parents.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said Case 1,126 and his parents had flown from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to Sarawak as the father was about to start his job in one of the plantation companies in Bintulu.

“The case underwent a Covid-19 swab when he arrived at Bintulu Airport on Dec 31 and was admitted into a quarantine centre for a mandatory quarantine.

“The patient started having fever from Jan 1 and his swab test came back positive on the same day. He was later admitted into an isolation ward in the Bintulu Hospital for further treatment,” it added.

The boy was categorised as an Import-B Covid-19 case as he was infected with the virus at one of the Covid-19 high-risk areas, Selangor.

Outside of Bintulu, another four close contact cases were reported to be positive in Sibu, all related to Case 1,115 on Dec 30 in Meradong.

Cases 1,127, 1,128, 1,129 and 1,130 today were four female Sarawakians who stayed and worked at the same place as the index case. One of them is the sister to Case 1,115 and the others are friends and co-workers of the sister.

“All four of these cases had visited and stayed overnight at the house of Case 1,115 from Dec 24 to 26. They were identified as close contacts to the index case on Dec 30 during an investigation.

“They were then directed to undergo Covid-19 swab tests in one of the health clinics in Sibu and ordered to be quarantined on the same day. Their results turned out to be positive on Jan 1.

“One of them were experiencing coughs starting Dec 31 while the others were asymptomatic and showed no signs of infection,” said the committee, adding that the four cases were categorised as Import-C cases due to close contact infection from Meradong.

With five new cases in Sarawak, SDMC said the cumulative number of cases in the state now stands at 1,130.

The committee also reported two new recoveries who have been discharged from Sarawak General Hospital while 38 patients are still receiving treatment in the hospitals across the state.

“Today, there are seven new person-under-investigation (PUI) cases and two cases awaiting laboratory test results,” it noted in the Covid-19 update statement today.

There are 589 person-under-surveillance (PUS) who were registered into various hotels across Sarawak to be quarantined, and a total of 3,601 individuals under quarantine in 43 hotels throughout Sarawak while 47,076 PUS have completed their 14-day quarantine. — DayakDaily