Covid-19: More than 20 per cent of the 2,454 close contacts located

Uggah addressing the media during a press conference. Photo Credit: Sarawak Public Communications Unit (UKAS).

KUCHING, Apr 24: The State Health Department has managed to get in touch with more than 20 per cent of the 2,454 close and casual contacts who are required to perform the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) fever triage health screening test.

The information was revealed by State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas today.

“With regards to the updates of contact tracing, where the efforts to identify the close contact and casual contact, we gather that more than 20 per cent have been contacted from a name list were provided.

“Out of 557 people who have been contacted, 195 people have been screened.

“There were also 302 people who have agreed today to be screened at the Youth and Sports Complex.

“And 41 people in the list are not in Sarawak,” he said during a press conference to provide the Covid-19 updates here.

On another note, Uggah stated that there were 94 Sarawakians who returned back from overseas.

He explained that some of them were from the United States, United Kingdom, Singapore and Indonesia.

Uggah added that there were six cases of Sarawakians, out of nine, returning from Indonesia who have tested positive for Covid-19.

As a result, he said the state government was being very strict in terms of putting returnees on quarantine at the quarantine centres to enable sufficient time to perform swab test on them.

At the same time, Uggah disclosed that there were 234 Sarawakians who returned to Sarawak yesterday.

He stated that they were all being placed at 18 hotels throughout Sarawak as person under surveillance (PUS).

On another note, Uggah said that most of the clusters in Sarawak had showen a declining trend of positive cases although they had reached second and third generation infections.

Nonetheless, he stressed that SDMC was monitoring closely the sporadic cluster and the small clusters which are yet to be identified as preventive measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Sarawak.—DayakDaily