Grandchild of Covid-19 patient in Bintulu among 9 new cases in Sarawak

An infographic showing the situation of Covid-19 in Sarawak as at October 10. Source: Sarawak Disaster Information.

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, Oct 10: A grandchild of an index case 733 which was identified in Bintulu was among the nine new positive cases of Covid-19 reported in Sarawak today.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said Sarawak reported nine new positive cases of Covid-19 with four cases derived from Bintulu and five cases in Kuching.

With the extra nine new cases, Uggah said the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak has increased to 751 cases.

“There is one case which involved a grandchild linked to case 733 whom had contact upon visiting the house of the index case on October 1. The patient did not exhibit early signs of Covid-19 infection.

“Two other cases were the children of case 733 where both are students and one is studying at a local university.

“One of the children had fever on October 8 while another child did not show any early signs of Covid-19 infection.

“There is also one case which involved a clerk of an insurance company who had close contact with case 733 while on duty. The clerk exhibits early signs of Covid-19 on October 5,” he said during a press conference today.

Uggah added four out of the five cases in Kuching were security personnel who returned from Sabah while working during the Sabah state election last month.

He said the fifth case in Kuching involved an Indonesian who underwent Covid-19 swab test at a private hospital before returning back to work.

Elaborating further, he added the Indonesian, who was asymptomatic, had tested positive for Covid-19 on October 9 and subsequently admitted to Sarawak General Hospital for further treatment.

Uggah who is Deputy Chief Minister said the case has been classified as a case of local transmission as there was no record of the patient’s entry to Sarawak.

He added that there were 23 new cases of Person-Under-Investigation (PUI) while three PUI cases were awaiting laboratory test results. —DayakDaily