Female sales agent sole new Covid-19 case in Kuching

Covid-19 statistics for Sarawak as of Nov 24, 2020. Source: SDMC

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KUCHING, Nov 24: A local woman, who works as a telecommunication device sales agent in a shopping mall here, is the sole new locally transmitted Covid-19 case reported in Kuching today.

This pushes the total number of infected patients in Sarawak to 1,056.

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), in a statement today, disclosed that Case 1,056 was detected following a health and Covid-19 screening in a private hospital on Nov 23 after experiencing cough, fever, dizziness and lost sense of smell.

The woman had no history of travel out of the country nor of visits to any high-risk areas outside of Sarawak, and did not have direct contact with any positive cases.

The case started showing symptoms of Covid-19 on Nov 10. She is now isolated and warded at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH).

SDMC also revealed that close contact tracing at her home and workplace as well as for social contacts is underway.

Meanwhile, there were 10 cases who have recovered and were discharged today, with eight from SGH and two from Miri Hospital.

Thus, the total number of recovered cases in Sarawak has increased to 992 or 93.94 per cent of total positive cases so far.

A total of 45 patients are receiving treatment in hospitals in the state currently, with 41 in SGH and four in Miri Hospital.

Six active clusters remain in Kuching, namely Besi Cluster (12 cases), Jalan Abell Cluster (15 cases), Baki Cluster (33 cases), Seladah Cluster (9 cases), Greenhill Cluster (91 cases) and Wisma Saberkas Cluster (44 cases).

Kuching remains the state’s only Covid-19 red zone with a total of 50 local transmission cases recorded within the past 14 days while Miri and Limbang maintained their yellow zone status.

Sarawak also recorded 25 more Persons-Under-Investigation (PUI) with two cases pending laboratory test results.

There were also 434 more Persons-Under-Surveillance (PUS) registered into identified hotels to undergo quarantine.

As of today, a total of 3,394 individuals are undergoing quarantine in 33 hotels and quarantine facilities throughout the state. — DayakDaily