Construction company supervisor returning from Sabah tests positive for Covid-19

Sarawak Covid-19 statistics as of Oct 12, 2020. Infographics courtesy of SDMC

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Oct 12: A supervisor of a construction company in Kuching tested positive for Covid-19 after returning from Sabah which has been identified as high risk for the novel coronavirus.

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a statement today revealed the male patient is the sole new imported case detected in Samarahan as of Oct 12, and increases the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak to 752.

“Case 752 was in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah on Sept 20 and he returned to Sarawak through the Kuching International Airport (KIA) on Oct 1, 2020.

“When he arrived at KIA, he underwent the rapid test polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test and was instructed to be quarantined at home for 14 days.

“His Covid-19 test on Oct 1 came back negative,” SDMC disclosed.

The man’s second swab test on the 10th day of quarantine returned positive although he showed no symptoms of the infection.

He was later admitted to the isolation ward at the Sarawak General Hospital for follow-up treatment.

Meanwhile, the committee also revealed that three patients have recovered from the virus and were discharged today.

A total of 45 individuals are still receiving treatment in hospitals across the state, with zero patients in Intensive Care Units (ICUs).

SDMC also noted there are 13 new Person-Under-Investigation (PUI) cases, with two cases awaiting laboratory test results.

There are 298 Persons-Under-Surveillance (PUS) who were registered into various hotels across Sarawak to be quarantined.

There is now a total of 1,786 individuals under quarantine in 19 hotels throughout Sarawak while 25,888 PUS have completed their 14-day quarantine so far. — DayakDaily