Covid-19 in Sarawak from Sept 16- Oct 14: Nearly half visited Sabah

Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, Oct 14: Almost half of the total 52 Covid-19 cases recorded in Sarawak since Sept 26 until today have travel history to Sabah.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said that of the positive cases, 47 were Malaysians and five were foreigners.

“A total of 24 cases (or 46.15 per cent) have travelled to Sabah. As such, the decision by SDMC requiring all arrivals from Sabah to be swabbed and complete 14-days quarantine in centres was apt,” he told a media conference on Covid-19 situation in Sarawak today.

Uggah, who is also Deputy Chief Minister reported that from the Covid-19 screening using rT-PCR, a total of 10 cases were found to be positive on their first test while 14 cases were positive in their second test on the 10th day during the quarantine period.

“A total of six cases (or 11.53 per cent) had travel history to Peninsula Malaysia, out of which five positive cases (or 83.33 per cent) returned from Kuala Lumpur and one case (16.66 per cent) returned from Perak.

“A total of six cases (11.53 per cent) were identified and categorised as Import A who have travel history overseas,” he explained.

The breakdown of the Import A cases consisted of two cases from India (33.3 per cent), two from Myanmar (33.3 per cent), one from Kuwait (16.6 per cent) and one from Arab Saudi (16.6 per cent).

All the cases, Uggah added, were detected from the first rT-PCR Covid-19 test.

Meanwhile, he highlighted that 16 cases (or 30.76 per cent) were locally transmitted cases involving 15 locals and one Indonesian.

The cases were detected and reported according to divisions with five cases in Bintulu (31.25 per cent), five in Kuching (31.25 pr cent), three in Limbang (18.75 per cent), two in Sibu (12.5 per cent) and one in Sri Aman (6.25 per cent).— DayakDaily