Mukah college student returning to Bintulu tests positive for Covid-19

The statistics of Covid-19 in Sarawak as of June 14. Infographic from: Sarawak Health Department.

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, June 14 : A female college student from a public institution of higher learning in Mukah who returned to Bintulu was found to be positive of Covid-19.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a statement today said the Covid-19 results of the student was discovered following a swab test as part of the committee’s requirements for students of institutions of higher learning going back to their hometowns.

SDMC revealed that she had returned to Bintulu in March when the Movement Control Order (MCO) was implemented.

The committee gathered that the student had also conducted visitation during the last Hari Raya festival.

As a result, SDMC said the Bintulu Polyclinic is identifying all the close contacts of the student at this juncture.

The committee said the source of the Covid-19 infection for the student is still being investigated.

With the additional Covid-19 case, SDMC asserted that the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak has risen to 557 cases.

At the same time, SDMC disclosed that there were 19 new cases of person-under-investigation (PUI) whilst 24 PUI cases are awaiting laboratory results.

In the meantime, Bintulu has turned to a yellow zone district from green zone with the new positive case reported.

Thus, there are four districts in Sarawak currently classified as the yellow zone of Covid-19 and they are Kuching, Kota Samarahan, Simunjan and Bintulu.

SDMC added that there were no Covid-19 patients who recovered and discharged from the hospital today.

Besides, the committee said there were 22 people who arrived in Sarawak as person-under-surveillance (PUS) today to undergo quarantine.

SDMC said there are 749 PUS who are undergoing quarantine at 14 hotels throughout Sarawak while 15,869 PUS have completed their 14 days quarantine period today.  —DayakDaily