Covid-19: New positive case pushes Samarahan back to yellow

Statistics of the Covid-19 situation in Sarawak as of May 27, 2020. Source: Sarawak Disaster Information.

KUCHING, May 27: A college student who visited a friend in Samarahan before returning to Tanjung Manis, is among the three new Covid-19 cases recorded in Sarawak today.

This brings the total number of positive cases in the state to 552 and 17 deaths.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas disclosed that with one case linked to the area, the status of Samarahan district is reverted to yellow while Sibu was upgraded to green today following no Covid-19 cases recorded there for the past 14 days.

“As a result of contact tracing efforts being carried out, two (cases) were discovered in Kuching District and one from Samarahan District.

“The Samarahan case was related to a college student from Tanjung Manis. We were informed that the student, before returning to Tanjung Manis, had visited a friend’s house in Samarahan.


“From the contacts tracing for this student, 11 close contacts tested negative and 14 are still awaiting laboratory results,” he told a press conference on Covid-19 here today.

As for the two positive cases in Kuching, he added that 25 close contacts have been screened and the results were negative.

Sarawak, Uggah continued, also recorded three recoveries, with two patients from Bintulu Hospital and one from Sibu Hospital being discharged and allowed to go home.

“As of today (May 27), there are 476 recoveries or 86.23 per cent of total positive cases in the state,” he said.

Meanwhile, there are five districts in Sarawak still categories as Covid-19 yellow zones (40 or fewer Covid-19 cases), namely Kuching, Samarahan, Serian, Bintulu and Tanjung Manis.

As of today, 58 patients are being treated in hospitals throughout the state with one in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and one requiring respiratory support.

A total of 46 patients are receiving treatment in Sarawak General Hospital (SGH), followed by Sibu Hospital (7), Bintulu Hospital (3) and Miri Hospital (2).

“The state also registered 219 more person-under-investigation (PUI) cases today while 187 cases are still awaiting laboratory test results.

“There are also 57 more persons-under-surveillance (PUS) who have checked into identified hotels to undergo compulsory 14-day quarantines. A total of 11,783 PUS have completed quarantine,” he added. — DayakDaily