[UPDATED] 8 suspected cases of Wuhan virus recorded in Sarawak so far

Uggah (right) speaking to reporters after chairing the JPBN meeting. Also seen are Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah and Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

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by Nancy Nais

KUCHING, Jan 29: Sarawak has recorded eight suspected coronavirus cases so far — five in Kuching, one each in Sibu, Bintulu and Miri.

Six have tested negative while the results are pending for one case each in Kuching and Miri.

Three of these cases involve Sarawakians who recently returned from China, while the other five involve foreigners, consisting of four Chinese and one Thai national.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the two patients awaiting test results are being quarantined at Sarawak General Hospital and Miri Hospital respectively.

“We are still waiting for the laboratory tests results in Kuala Lumpur. All of the eight patients are aged between 20 and 50-years-old,” Uggah said after chairing a State Disaster Management Committee (JPBN) meeting this morning.

Meanwhile, those arriving from China, regardless if they are Sarawakians, workers, students or visitors, in the last 14 days are advised to self-quarantine at home.

“Please do a self-quarantine at home. Do not go to public places, but if that is unavoidable such as needing to buy groceries or food, make sure you wear a face mask. Use separate rooms and eating utensils. Have enough rest and drink lots of water.

“For those who employ Chinese workers, we urge them to allow their workers 14 days of self-isolation leave or to work from home. Employers must be responsible to their workers and at the same time, cooperate with us to stop the virus from spreading,” Uggah stressed.

He also urged all schools in the state to remain vigilant and watchful.

Should anyone get symptoms such as fever and cough, they are asked to put on a face mask and seek immediate medical treatment at the nearest hospital. — DayakDaily