Covid-19: One new case recorded, Kuching reverts to yellow zone

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KUCHING, Aug 21: One new positive Covid-19 case was recorded here today, with the status of Kuching district reverting to a yellow zone.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a statement said case number 687 involved a 26-year-old Indian national working as a fisherman for a fishing company in Kuching.

“The case have undergone the rT-PCR swab test for Covid-19 at a private hospital, on August 20 in order to return to his country, and the laboratory test result found that the nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab was positive for Covid-19 on the same day.

“The case does not show any signs of symptom, and was admitted to the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) for further treatment,” it said.

SDMC also believed that the case is a local transmission as no travel record has shown that the case has been outside of the country since entering Malaysia on July 2019.

“Close contact tracing among the case’s colleagues is still being conducted,” the statement added.

At the same time, SDMC noted that Kuching district has changed from green zone status to yellow zone with today’s one case being recorded in the last 14 days.

SDMC also added no new recovery and discharge cases of Covid-19 was recorded as of today, and the total cumulative cases remained at 661 cases (96.22 per cent).

“A total of seven individuals are currently receiving treatment in the hospital isolation ward, and death toll remained at 19 cases (2.77 per cent).

“Today, another 17 Person Under Investigation (PUI) have been reported, with 14 cases still waiting for laboratory test result,” it said in the statement.

SDMC also said a total of seven clusters are still active in the state involving 56 individuals.

“They are namely engineering cluster (eight cases), Mambong cluster (seven cases), Sentosa cluster (31 cases), Melbourne PUI cluster (three cases), Kuching construction company cluster (two cases), Satok market cluster (four cases), and Bintulu Alam cluster (four cases),” it said. –DayakDaily.