No cases of coronavirus in Sarawak, clarifies Health Dept amid rumours

Posts alleging the spread of Covid-19 in social media.

KUCHING, Feb 13: The Sarawak Health Department clarified that as of today, there were no recorded cases of Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) in Sarawak, despite rumors being spread via social media.

Department director Dr Chin Zin Hing in a press statement today said that as of 12pm, Feb 12, 2020, the State Health Department had received a report of a total 76 Patients Under Investigation (PUI) cases for Covid-19.

“From the total report numbers, no positive cases have been reported, whereby 59 were confirmed negative after a laboratory test was conducted, and 17 other cases are still waiting for test result,” he said.

Dr Chin also called for the public to refer to the statement issued either by the Prime Minister and its deputy, or the Health Minister and also the Health Ministry’s director for the latest update of the Covid-19 situation in the country, especially for Sarawak.

He also advised the public to not spread any false news regarding the matter.

“All parties are reminded that spreading false news may be subject to action under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 which provides for a maximum fine of RM50,000 or imprisonment not exceeding one year or both and shall also be liable to a further fine of RM1,000 for each day during which the offence is continued,” he added. —DayakDaily.