Four new Covid-19 cases detected in Kuching

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By Ling Hui

KUCHING, July 23: Sarawak recorded four new Covid-19 cases in Kuching, with one each from three active clusters on top of the fourth case who had taken the initiative to go for a test.

According to the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a press statement, the new cases were from the Stutong Market cluster, Sentosa cluster and engineering company cluster, making it a total of 632 cases in Sarawak as of today.

Case 629 is a local female vegetable trader at Stutong Market who was detected through active Covid-19 tracking at the market.

She had a rapid test polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) swab taken on July 18 and the result came back positive yesterday (July 22) although she showed no symptoms.

SDMC also disclosed the second case is from the Sentosa cluster which was reported active two days ago on July 21. This case makes it a total of eight cases for the cluster.

Meanwhile, Case 631 is the third case from the engineering company cluster detected on July 7. The male patient was screened for Covid-19 on July 12 but the result was negative. On July 21, his second which which was an rT-PCR test returned positive. He had not displayed no symptoms.

The committee also revealed the fourth new case today was a local woman who went on her own for a Covid-19 swab test at a local health clinic, with the results confirmed positive today.

The purpose of her self-initiated test is under investigation to find out whether she was involved in any of the active clusters in Kuching.

Meanwhile, SDMC revealed a total of 58 individuals are still receiving treatment in hospital isolation wards with no new recoveries while the number of fatalities remains at 18.

There was a total of 18 new Person-Under-Investigation (PUI) cases with three cases awaiting laboratory test results.

SDMC also disclosed that there were 31 Persons-Under-Surveillance (PUS) who had checked into various hotels across Sarawak to be quarantined.

There is now a total of 518 individuals under quarantine in nine hotels throughout Sarawak while 19,052 PUS have completed their 14-day quarantine. — DayakDaily