Covid-19: One positive case in Sarawak


By Karen Bong

KUCHING, July 16: A foreign fisherman working for a fishing vessel company was the latest Covid-19 case reported in Kuching today, bringing the state tally to 584 cases.

State Disaster Management Committee chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas disclosed that the fisherman or Case 584 had undergone the worker health screening and RT-PCR swab for Covid-19 on July 15.

“His result returned positive for Covid-19 on the same day. He was admitted to the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) for further treatment. He was however asymptomatic.

“This is a locally transmitted case as there was no travel history of visiting or record of returning from overseas,” he told a daily press conference on Covid-19 today.

Uggah added that the patient last went back to his home country in 2016.

“Contact tracing involving colleagues in the workplace are currently being carried out,” he said.

Meanwhile, there were no recoveries today and as such, the total number of recovered cases in Sarawak is maintained at 554 or 94.86 per cent of total positive cases so far.

“As of today, 12 patients are being treated in hospitals throughout the state with none admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) but one requiring respiratory support,” he informed.

There were nine patients treated in SGH, one in Sibu Hospital and two in Bintulu Hospital.

“The state also registered 14 more person-under-investigation (PUI) cases today while 12 cases are still awaiting laboratory test results,” he said.

There were also 30 more person-under-surveillance (PUS) who have been checked in to identified hotels to undergo the 14-day quarantine.

As of today, there are a total number of 475 individuals undergoing quarantine in 10 hotels throughout the state. —DayakDaily