Kuching turns yellows, no positive cases in last 2 days

Uggah (centre) addressing the media during a press conference. He is flanked by Minister for Local Government and Housing Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian (left) and State Health Department director Dr Chin Zin Hing (right). Photo Credit: Sarawak Public Communications Unit (UKAS).

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, May 15: Kuching has became the latest district to be classified as Covid-19 yellow zone from red zone.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the reason for Kuching to turn from red to yellow zone was because there were less than 40 positive cases of Covid-19 recorded in the last 14 days.

“Sarawak did not record any positive case today.

“There were also six Covid-19 patients from Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) who have recovered and discharged from the hospital today.

“The number of new person under investigation (PUI) case was 20 while there are 11 PUI cases waiting for laboratory results,” he told a press conference on the state Covid-19 updates at the Old State Legislative here today.

Uggah, who is Deputy Chief Minister, observed that there were also no positive case recorded  yesterday marking the second time of two consecutive days without positive cases recorded in Sarawak in the past one month.

In the meantime, there are seven districts in Sarawak classified as yellow zone.

They are Kuching, Samarahan, Tebedu, Lundu, Serian, Sibu and Bau.

The remaining 33 districts have became green zone.

On another note, Uggah who is Second Finance Minister said the General Operation Force has foiled an attempt by certain quarters to smuggle essential goods worth RM112,000 through rat trails or ‘jalan tikus’ in Kpg Stas, Bau.

Uggah who is also Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development Minister said students returning from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Labuan will have their Covid-19 swab tests sample taken upon their arrival and placed at selected hotels as person under surveillance (PUS).

This follows students of institution of higher learning in West Malaysia tested positive for Covid-19 although there was no such case reported in Sarawak.

As a precautionary measure, he said students were only allowed to return home for quarantine after they were tested negative for Covid-19.

Uggah, who is Bukit Saban assemblyman, added thereafter the students will be required to wear a wristband on their hand and complete their quarantine at home.

As for civil servants working in Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Labuan, Uggah revealed that they are required to undergo polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test three days prior to their departure back to Sarawak. – DayakDaily