Foreign worker from Pakistan is sole Covid-19 case reported today

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By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, Aug 8: Sarawak recorded one imported case of Covid-19 in Kuching today.

The information was revealed by the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a press statement, adding that the additional case has brought the cumulative number of positive Covid-19 in Sarawak to 680 cases.

SDMC said the imported case involved a foreigner from Pakistan who returned to Sarawak working as a tailor in one of the tailor’s shops in the city.

The committee said the man had departed from Lahore to Kuala Lumpur through Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on July 26


It added that the victim entered Sarawak through Kuching International Airport (KIA) on July 27.

Upon arrival in Kuching, the committee said the victim was sent for quarantine in a hotel.

SDMC added the victim’s results for rapid test kit antigen performed at KLIA was negative.

The committee also said the victim’s results for his first polymerase chain reaction (PCR) rapid test (rt) for Covid-19 was also negative.

Nonetheless, SDMC said the victim’s second rt-PCR test for Covid-19 which was conducted on August 5 has shown positive on August 7.

The committee said the victim was asymptomatic and was admitted into the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) on August 7 for further treatment.

It said the health department is conducting contact tracing and investigation on the source of infection.

Additionally, SDMC said there were 18 patients who recovered and discharged from the hospitals today.

Out of the 18 patients, the committee noted that 15 of them were from Kuching, two from Serian and one from Kota Samarahan.

The committee also disclosed that there were 17 patients who are still receiving treatment at the isolation ward in the hospitals.

On another note, SDMC said there were 13 new cases of person-under-investigation (PUI) while four PUI cases are awaiting laboratory results.

It added that there were 68 persons who registered into hotels for quarantine yesterday as person-under-surveillance (PUS).

With the additional PUS, the committee said there were 1,254 PUS who are undergoing quarantine at 16 hotels throughout Sarawak.

It noted that a total of 20,226 PUS have completed their mandatory 14-day quarantine today.  —DayakDaily