Retiree in Sibu and teacher in Miri tested positive for Covid-19, Besi Cluster in Kuching ends

An infographic showing the Covid-19 situation in Sarawak as at December 19. Source: Sarawak Disaster Information.

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, Dec 19: A retiree in Sibu and a teacher who returned to Miri were the two new positive cases of Covid-19 identified today.

At the same time the Besi Cluster in Kuching which reported 12 cases was declared ended today after no new cases emerged in the past fortnight. With that, there is no active clusters in the state.

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a media statement said there were two positive cases reported today with one in Sibu and the other in Miri.

The case in Sibu was a pre-surgery case which involved a retiree who underwent Covid-19 swab test yesterday (December 18) and was tested positive on the same day. The patient was asymptomatic and was referred to Sibu Hospital for further treatment.


The other positive case identified in Miri was a teacher who returned from a high risk area, Selangor and arrived at Miri Airport on December 15.

According to SDMC the teacher was instructed to undergo self-quarantine at home because the quarantine centre was full. The teacher underwent the Covid-19 swab test on December 17 and the results were positive.

With the additional two positive cases the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak has increased to 1,087 cases.

There were two recoveries reported today and 16 patients are still receiving treatment for Covid-19 at health facilities in Sarawak.

Of the 16 patients, 11 patients were being treated at the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) in Kuching, three patients in Sibu Hospital in Sibu and one patient each in Bintulu Hospital in Bintulu and Miri Hospital in Miri.

SDMC said there were three new cases of Person-Under-Investigation (PUI) while one PUI case was awaiting laboratory test results.

There were 468 new Person-Under-Surveillance (PUS) who registered into hotels and quarantine centres.

The committee said there were 3,944 PUS who were undergoing quarantine at 42 hotels and quarantine centres throughout Sarawak while a total of 41,621 PUS have completed their quarantine period. — DayakDaily