New Covid-19 case is student returnee from Yemen


KUCHING, Aug 9: Sarawak recorded one imported Covid-19 case involving student returning from Yemen.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a statement today disclosed the case was a local male, who is a student in Dar Al-Mustafa. He arrived in the country at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on August 1 from Cairo, Egypt.

“After arriving at the Kuching International Airport (KIA), the student was brought to the quarantine hotel to undergo the compulsory 14-day quarantine.

“The case was also a close contact of a fellow student who studied at the same institution, which is case number 679, who was confirmed positive for Covid-19 on August 7, without showing any symptoms.”

SDMC noted that the new case underwent Covid-19 screening using a RTK Antigen test on August 2 upon his arrival in Kuala Lumpur, and the test result was negative.

On August 8, the man underwent a second rT-PCR Covid-19 screening on the 10th day, and the laboratory test result conducted by the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) revealed he was positive for Covid-19.

“The case was admitted to an SGH ward on August 8 for further treatment. Contact tracing and further investigation are being conducted, and the case is categorised as an imported case,” the statement read.

Meanwhile, SDMC also disclosed that 10 Covid-19 clusters involving a total of 70 individuals remain active in Sarawak, as of today.

The 10 clusters are the Kuching Engineering cluster (eight), Mambong cluster (seven), Sarawak Medical Centre cluster (three), Jupiter cluster (three), Stutong Market cluster (seven), Kuching Jetty cluster (two), Sentosa Hospital cluster (31), Melbourne cluster (three), Kuching construction company cluster (two) and Satok market cluster (two).

“Eight cases have also recovered and were discharged from SGH today, which brings the total number of recovered and discharged Covid-19 positive cases to 652, or 95.74 per cent, and the death toll remains at 19 cases (2.79 per cent).

“A total of 10 individuals are still being treated in hospital isolation wards, with six new reported Persons-Under-Investigation (PUI) while one case is awaiting laboratory test results,” SDMC added. — DayakDaily