Four returnees from Peninsular Malaysia among six Covid-19 cases

Sarawak Covid-19 statistics as at Dec 26, 2020. Graphics courtesy of SDMC.

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Dec 26: Four out of six Covid-19 cases reported today are returnees from Peninsular Malaysia namely Terengganu, Putrajaya, Perak and Kuala Lumpur.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said the four cases were all detected and reported in Bintulu on Dec 17 as they landed in Bintulu Airport.

Another case reported in Bintulu was resulted from a screening for factory workers on Dec 24.

“Case 1,101 is a South African male who underwent a screening for factory workers in Bintulu. The case did the test on Dec 24 and his result came back positive.

“The patient did not have any symptoms of Covid-19 and has already been admitted to Bintulu Hospital for further treatment. He had no history of travelling out of Bintulu or had any contact with any Covid-19 positive cases.

“Active contact tracing is being carried out and this case is categorised as a local transmission case,” said SDMC in a Covid-19 update statement today.

Outside of Bintulu, there was one local transmission case in Lawas, involving a local female who went for the swab test before she travels to Miri to visit her family.

She was found positive on Dec 24 but similarly, she had no symptoms and has been admitted to the nearest Miri Hospital for further treatment.

Thus, Bintulu and Lawas have been categorised as Covid-19 yellow zones today after each reported one local transmission case. Sibu and Kuching remain yellow zones.

With a total of six new Covid-19 cases today, the cumulative number of cases in the state now stands at 1,105.

SDMC also reported one new recovery who has been discharged from Sarawak General Hospital, thus the cumulative number of Covid-19 recoveries in Sarawak has increased to 1,062 or 96.11 per cent of total recoveries.

“Today, there are six new person-under-investigation (PUI) cases and zero cases awaiting laboratory test results,” it added.

It also said that there were 323 person-under-surveillance (PUS) who were registered into various hotels across Sarawak to be quarantined.

There is now a total of 3,880 individuals under quarantine in 42 hotels throughout Sarawak while 44,311 PUS have completed their 14-day quarantine. — DayakDaily