Covid-19 patient in Bintulu classified as Sabah case

Covid-19 (file pic)

KUCHING, Sept 17: A Covid-19 case involving a plantation company engineer-cum-manager from Penang was detected in Bintulu on Sept 15.

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), in a statement today, revealed this patient is categorised as an outside case as the man who entered Sarawak through Sandakan had been screened by the Sandakan Health Clinic on Sept 10 upon entry before he made his way to Sarawak.

As such, this case will not be included in Sarawak’s Covid-19 statistics as he was screened in Sandakan.

The Sarawak Health Department was informed on Sept 15 by the Sabah Health Department that the case, whose test result was positive for Covid-19, was in Belaga.

The State Health Department had acted immediately to track down the man who is now being isolated and treated in Bintulu Hospital since Sept 16.

He entered Sarawak by land via Merapok, Lawas on Sept 11, passing through Limbang Division, Brunei and Miri Division before spending a night at Bintulu town before proceeding to and reaching Belaga on Sept 12.

On Sept 13, he had once again travelled to Bintulu and Mukah before returning to Belaga on Sept 14.

As such, the State Health Department will be carrying out contact tracing for any possible infections in all places and premises which have been visited by the patient.

Meanwhile, the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak has increased to 701 today with one new imported case recorded.

Case 701 involved a female engineer from Cheras, Selangor who came to Kuching for a meeting on Sept 14 where she was randomly selected for testing at Kuching International Airport (KIA) upon arrival from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

She was in Kuching for official business for two days during which she stayed at a hotel before returning to KL. Her swab test returned positive on Sept 16. She has been admitted to Sungai Buloh Hospital, Selangor for treatment. — DayakDaily