One new imported Covid-19 case reported in Bintulu

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KUCHING, Aug 30: SDMC disclosed that one Covid-19 case was reported today in Bintulu, bringing the number of cases in the Alam cluster to eight.

According to the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), the latest case involved a 33-year old male from the Philippines who was working as an “able body” on the Seri Alam LNG tanker.

“The case did not show any signs and symptoms, and was “signed on” to the Seri Alam ship at the Toyomo Shinko Harbour in Japan, on August 1, 2020.

“This bring the total number of Covid-19 positive cases in Sarawak to 699 cases,” SDMC revealed in a press statement today.

The committee also revealed the patient had undergone an rT-PCR Covid-19 screening on Aug 21 and the swab test result on August 23 had returned as negative for Covid-19.

“The case went for a second rT-PCR screening test on Aug 29, and the laboratory test result found that the case was positive for Covid-19 on the same day, which brings the total number of cases for the Alam cluster in Bintulu to eight cases,” the statement read.

Meanwhile, SDMC also disclosed that one Covid-19 patient has recovered and been discharged from Sibu Hospital as of today.

“A total of 17 individuals are currently receiving their treatment in hospital isolation wards, where 11 of the cases are being treated in Bintulu Hospital, five in Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) and one in Miri Hospital.

“Five Persons-Under-Investigation (PUI) were also reported today, with two PUI cases awaiting laboratory test results, and the death toll remains at 19 cases or 2.72 per cent (of overall Covid-19 cases),” the statement added. — DayakDaily