Illegal immigrant among four new Covid-19 cases reported today

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, Dec 23: An illegal immigrant from Indonesia who landed in Tebedu was among one of the four positive cases of Covid-19 reported today.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the illegal immigrant returned to Sarawak on December 20 through rat trails after she went back to Makassar, Indonesia on October 12.

“Following an investigation, she had a history of working in Miri six years ago.

“She was arrested by the authorities on December 21 while trying to enter Sarawak through rat trail illegally.

“The case had undergone Covid-19 swab test on December 22 and she was tested positive,” he said during a press conference on the updates of the Covid-19 situation in Sarawak here today.

Uggah who is also Deputy Chief Minister said the case has been classified as a case import from foreign countries.

Uggah added there was also a sibling who was tested positive for Covid-19 in Kuching upon their return from Sabah on December 21.

He said the sibling had undergone the Covid-19 swab tests and their test results were positive.

Uggah noted both of them had undertaken the rapid test kit antigen (RTK Antigen) test for Covid-19 on December 11 and 19 in Sabah prior to their entry to Sarawak.

He disclosed that both of them had tested negative then.

Additionally, Uggah who is Second Finance Minister said there was also one imported case in Miri involving a local man who returned from Kuala Lumpur on December 18.

While undergoing quarantine in Miri, he said the man was swabbed and was tested positive for Covid-19 on December 20.

He noted that the man had a fever and was admitted to Miri Hospital for further treatment.

With the additional four cases reported, Uggah said the number of cumulative Covid-19 cases in Sarawak has increased to 1,094 cases.

Meanwhile, there was no recovery reported.

There are currently 15 patients who were still being treated for Covid-19 at health facilities in Sarawak.

They include 10 patients at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH), three patients at Sibu Hospital, and two patients at Miri Hospital.

There were six new cases of Person-Under-Investigation (PUI) while none awaiting laboratory test results. —DayakDaily