Covid-19: Sarawak records six new cases

Sarawak Covid-19 statistics as at July 19, 2020. Graphics courtesy of SDMC.

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, July 19: Sarawak records six new Covid-19 cases today, bringing the total number of Covid-19 cases to 607 so far.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), in a press statement issued today, said two of the cases were tested positive through close contact tracking, three from random swab tests and another one from self initiated test before departure to Penang.

The first case reported involved a local woman who worked as a health officer here. She went for a rapid test polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) swab at Borneo Medical Centre because she was planning to travel to Penang and was tested positive.

SDMC also noted Case 603, an Indonesian man who is working together in a fishing company with Case 584 who was tested positive on July 15.

He underwent the swab test for Covid-19 yesterday in a health clinic at Tanah Puteh before being sent to Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) when the result came out positive.

Similarly, another close contact case was reported (Case 605) to be infected by Case 589 who was tested positive on July 17.

It also disclosed a positive Covid-19 case involving a male teacher from Kedah who returned to work in Sarawak and underwent a random swab test during his quarantine.

Case 606 of the day is a local man who was randomly picked for a Covid-19 swab test when he arrived at Kuching International Airport (KIA). For the 607th case, it was a local woman from Kedah who travelled to Sarawak to visit her family.

The committee said that both of the cases showed no symptoms although tested positive and close contact tracing is being executed

Meanwhile, it pointed out a total of 35 individuals are still receiving treatment in the hospital isolation wards while the number of fatalities remained at 18.

There was a total of 19 new person-under-investigation (PUI) cases and five cases still awaiting laboratory test results.

SDMC also said that there were 50 person-under-surveillance (PUS) who were registered into various hotels across Sarawak to be quarantined.

Currently a total of 443 individuals are under quarantine in eight hotels throughout Sarawak while 18,891 PUS have completed their 14-day quarantine. —DayakDaily