Blood sample from suspected Wuhan virus case in Bintulu sent for testing

Tiong (second left) welcoming Temenggong Datuk Vincent Lau (second right) to the PDP open house.

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By Wendy John

SIBU, Jan 27: The authorities are awaiting the blood test results of the China national suspected of carrying the Wuhan coronavirus in Bintulu, according to Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing.

“For Bintulu case, let me check and confirm first. I have already informed the Bintulu Hospital deputy director. I have not gotten the results of the blood test yet,” Tiong told reporters at the Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) Sibu Chinese New Year open house today.

He was responding to a statement by the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on a suspected coronarvirus case in Bintulu.

The statement revealed that a Bintulu CID team led by Insp Nixon Malang had at 4.15pm yesterday gone to the hospital to check on a suspected coronavirus case, acting on information from a Facebook post.

The team discovered that there was a 25-year old female patient from Hubei, China who was being isolated in a ward on suspicion of having the virus. A sample of her blood has been sent to a lab in Kuala Lumpur for analysis.

The statement also revealed that the woman had gone to Wuhan on January 11 and returned five days later to Bintulu via transit at Kota Kinabalu.

The patient had been employed as a marketing executive for a firm in Bintulu for two years.

Meanwhile, Tiong also disclosed the state had tightened security along the Sarawak-Kalimantan border as a preventive measure to restrict the entry of people suspected of having the disease. — DayakDaily