Covid-19 in Sarawak: No new cases in past 14 days, one more recovery

Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

KUCHING, Aug 18: Sarawak is giving its full effort into defending its Covid-19 green status with zero new Covid-19 case recorded today and in the past 14 days.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas thus disclosed that the state’s tally of positive cases remains at 682.

“There are also no existing Covid-19 clusters that ended today and thus, the number of active clusters in Sarawak is maintained at seven,” he told a press conference to give Covid-19 updates here today.

The clusters are the Engineering Company Cluster with eight cases, Mambong Cluster (7), Stutong Market Cluster (7), Sentosa Cluster (31), Melbourne PUI Cluster (3), Kuching Construction Company Cluster (2) and Satok Market Cluster (4).

With one case recovered and discharged, Uggah said three patients were still receiving treatment with two at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) and one at Sibu Hospital but none have been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) or require respiratory support.

“As such, the total number of recovered cases in Sarawak is 660 or 96.77 per cent of total positive cases so far,” he added.

Sarawak also reported 22 more Persons-Under-Investigation (PUI) with one case awaiting laboratory test results.

In addition, 146 more Persons-Under-Surveillance (PUS) have been checked into identified hotels to undergo quarantine.

As of today, there are a total of 685 individuals undergoing quarantine in 16 hotels throughout the state.

Uggah urged the public not to be over confident but continue to be disciplined even though there were no new infections recorded in Sarawak especially among the active clusters for the past 14 days.

“Collaboration from people of all walks of life is significant to achieving a positive outcome and flattening the curve but we have yet to win the war. Before we win this war, let’s continue to care for each other.

“We also appeal to the public for patience and understanding as (we understand) a lot of times, the procedures and regulations have caused some disturbances and inconveniences to a certain extent, or even stress, but it has never been the GPS (Gabungan Parti Sarawak) government’s intention to cause such inconveniences to the public.

“What we did is something we must do to stem Covid-19 from spreading in Sarawak, so that we will continue to be healthy and can continue with our normal life in the very near future,” he added. — DayakDaily