Covid-19: State taskforce still tracing 357 close contacts

Uggah speaking during the press conference.

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, May 20: A total of 357 close contacts of Covid-19 cases in Kuching have yet to be tracked down.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas disclosed that 16 close contacts out of those who have been contacted and screened tested positive for Covid-19.

“The Contact Tracing Action Taskforce team led by Dr Jamilah Hashim is tasked with tracing 2,554 close contacts who have been identified in Kuching.

“The team reported that 86 per cent of the total number of close contacts have successfully been contacted and screened,” he told a daily press conference on Covid-19 here today.

Aware that the 357 individuals have yet to be traced, Uggah however gave assurance that SDMC will do its best to track each of them down.

“So long we know that they are in Sarawak, we will do our best to track them. It is important that we try to reach them,” he added.

Meanwhile, Sarawak recorded no new Covid-19 infections for the seventh consecutive day.

As such, the state’s tally of positive cases is maintained at 544 and 17 fatalities.

Samarahan has become the latest district to be declared a Covid-19 green zone today, bringing the number of districts in Sarawak categorised as green to 35.

This leaves only five districts in Sarawak as yellow zones namely Kuching, Tebedu, Lundu, Sibu and Serian.

Sarawak also registered two more recoveries with one patient each from Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) and Sibu Hospital who have been discharged and allowed to go home.

There are still 87 patients being treated in hospitals with only one patient in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) as of today. — DayakDaily