Pregnant housewife, plumber among eight new Covid-19 cases

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By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, Oct 24: A pregnant housewife and a plumber were among the eight new Covid-19 cases reported in Kuching district today.

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a statement today said the pregnant housewife tested positive for Covid-19 after she underwent a swab test on her own at a private healthcare facility as she is expected to deliver soon.

The committee revealed that a plumber who experienced coughing, sore throat and muscle pain was also tested positive for Covid-19.

It noted that the remaining six positive cases were close contacts to earlier reported cases.

SDMC said they involved a cleaner at a shopping centre, a chef with a government healthcare facility, a healthcare worker at a government clinic, a kuih seller, a local student who pursues her studies in China, and a close contact to case 752.

SDMC said case 773, involved a woman who had close contact to cases 752 and 759 who were tested positive for Covid-19 on October 12 and October 15 respectively.

The committee said case 773 had a history of visiting case 752 while the latter was undergoing self-quarantine at home.

It added that case 773 was referred to undergo quarantine at a quarantine centre while her second Covid-19 swab test was positive on October 23.

SDMC said a total of six individuals who are linked to case 773 were being swabbed while three had tested positive while the remaining three persons were tested negative.

The committee added cases 774,775 and 776 were close contacts to a technician who works at a government clinic and tested positive on October 17.

It noted case 774 was a healthcare worker at a government clinic who was symptomatic, case 775 was a cleaner at a shopping centre and case 776 was a chef at a government clinic who was symptomatic.

SDMC added cases 777 and 778 were close contacts to case 771 who was tested positive yesterday (October 23) and sold kuih in Kuching.

Earlier, SDMC chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas at an event in Bau revealed that Sarawak reported eight new Covid-19 cases today.

With the additional eight new cases, the committee said the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak has increased to 780 cases.

SDMC said there were six patients who recovered and were discharged from the hospitals.

The committee added that there were 34 patients who were being treated at the isolation wards in the hospitals.

It said there were 19 new cases of Person-Under-Investigation (PUI) and five PUI cases were awaiting laboratory test results. —DayakDaily