One new imported case recorded in the state: SDMC

KUCHING, Aug 14: Sarawak recorded one positive Covid-19 case today from a local who is studying at Rubah Seon College and University, Rubat, Yemen.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah Embas in a press conference today said the latest case of a Sarawakian returning from Yemen now brings the total cumulative tally to three import cases.

The man had boarded Yemenia Airways from Yemen to Cairo, Egypt on Aug 1, followed by another flight to Kuala Lumpur and later to Sibu.

“He was screened for Covid-19 using RTN Antigen on Aug 2 in Kuala Lumpur and the result was negative. He then flew from Kuala Lumpur to Sibu and upon arrival into Sibu airport on Aug 3, he was immediately sent for mandatory 14-days quarantine at a hotel. The man showed no signs or symptoms.

“During his quarantine at the hotel, he was screened using rT-PCR test on Aug 5 and the result on Aug 6 also found negative. However, the result for his second rT-PCR screening on Aug 12 came out positive,” Uggah said.

The man was immediately admitted to Sibu hospital for treatment.

Sarawak now records a total of 682 positive Covid-19 cases.

Uggah added that there are no new recoveries and discharge cases today.

He disclosed that four active cases are still being treated in isolated wards in hospitals statewide.

No deaths were reported, leaving the death toll at 19.

As for new person-under-investigation (PUI), 20 cases were recorded today, and two are still awaiting laboratory results.

The nine clusters that are still active in the state are Engineering Firm Cluster (8), Mambong Cluster (7), Medical Centre Cluster (3), Stutong Market Cluster (7), Kuching Jetty Cluster (2), Sentosa Cluster (31), Melbourne PUI Cluster (3), Kuching Construction Company Cluster (2) and Satok Market Cluster (4).

Although Sarawak recorded one new case today, Uggah stated that the state’s status remains green because it was an import case.

“The State government would like to thank all those involved in addressing Covid-19, in particular to the Director of Health Sarawak and his team, divisional health offices in Kuching, Samarahan, and Serian.

“The team have successfully tracked 2,762 close contacts of positive cases from all the 10 clusters within two to three weeks. They have shown a high level of commitment in carrying out their duties patiently and professionally,” Uggah said.—DayakDaily