Authorities tracking down one individual yet to undergo Covid-19 testing after Kota Samarahan ACD ops

Uggah speaking at the press conference.

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By Karen Bong

KUCHING, May 5: The Samarahan Health Division Office is currently tracking one individual who did not turn up to provide a sample for Covid-19 testing after the Active Case Detection (ACD) operation was conducted at Taman Desa Ilmu and Uni Garden at Kota Samarahan.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas revealed that three Covid-19 positive cases were detected as a result of the ACD operation which was completed on May 3.

“A total of 15,583 individuals have been screened and 885 individuals have given their samples.

“The three positive cases detected have been admitted to the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) for treatment,” he told a daily press conference to give Covid-19 updates today.

Meanwhile, the widespread relief felt after Sarawak reported no new Covid-19 cases yesterday (May 4) was short-lived as two new Covid-19 cases were recorded today with one case each in Kuching and Samarahan.

This brings the total number of positive cases in the state to 525 since the first case was detected on March 13.

A total of 195 patients are being treated in hospitals throughout the state with three patients in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) and one requiring respiratory support.

“There are nine recoveries with eight patients from SGH and one patient from Miri Hospital discharged.

“From overall cases, 59 per cent of Covid-19 patients have recovered and returned home,” Uggah said.

Sarawak, he continued, also recorded 77 more person-under-investigation (PUI) cases today while 122 cases are still awaiting laboratory test results.

Meanwhile, 45 more Sarawakians returning to the state have been checked into identified hotels as PUI to undergo the compulsory 14-day quarantine, while 34 individuals have completed the procedure and have been allowed to go home. — DayakDaily