Covid-19: Dr Sim calls for Chinese national’s close contacts to come forward


By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Oct 30: Close contacts of the Chinese national reported positive for Covid-19 on Oct 23 are advised to step out of the crowd to be tested despite being negative.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian has recoursed to using his Facebook account to call upon the close contacts of the patient as he was told the contact tracing was not very successful.

“…31 year-old female Chinese national whom I was told still not very successful in tracing the contacts.

“Those who were exposed to her in the last 14 days, please help by coming forward to be tested.

“Even if you were negative, depending on exposure, you need to have the second PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test and (undergo) precautionary self-quarantine,” he explained in his Facebook posting on Oct 27.

The Chinese woman, also Case 772, was found positive of Covid-19 after she went for a screening test at a private hospital in Kuching on Oct 22 as she intended to return to her home country.

The test result came back positive on the same day, though she showed no symptoms.

She had no history of travelling out of the country or visiting any Covid-19-prone areas, not to mention coming into contact with a positive case.

Later investigations found her to be working at an entertainment outlet at Premier 101 commercial centre, here and staying at an apartment unit at Galacity commercial centre, according to The New Sarawak.

However, only one was tested positive from the Active Case Detection (ACD) operation at Premier 101 food court on Oct 25 involving 271 individuals.

In the ACD operation at Galacity the next day (Oct 26), one was positive and the other 277 were negative.

Up to date, there have been no reports indicating that the two cases from the active screening at Premier 101 and Galacity were close contacts of Case 772. — DayakDaily