Returnee from Congo and illegal immigrant test positive for Covid-19

Uggah at the press conference today (Dec 28, 2020).

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Dec 28: A female Sarawakian working as an accountant in Congo was one of two Import-A Covid-19 cases recorded in Kuching today.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said Case 1,109 is a local woman who just came back from Congo through Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Kuching International Airport (KIA) on Dec 25.

“She underwent the rT-PCR (rapid test polymerase chain reaction) test in Congo on Dec 21 before her flight back to Malaysia and her results were negative. Her RTK (rapid test kit) Antigen test at KLIA was also not reactive for Covid-19.

“When she arrived at KIA on Dec 25, she was sent to one of the quarantine centres for a mandatory quarantine. Her rT-PCR test then came back positive,” he said.


Another case in Sarawak involves a male illegal immigrant who was caught during Ops Benteng in Bau on Dec 25.

He was among six others who were detained for illegally entering the country without legal documents.

“Case 1,110 was brought to a government health facility for the Covid-19 test on Dec 26 and his result came back positive on Dec 28.

“He showed no signs or symptoms of Covid-19 and he has been admitted into Sarawak General Hospital for further treatment under the watch of the Malaysian Immigration Department.

“The case is categorised as an Import-A case as he was infected outside of the country,” said Uggah in the Covid-19 update press conference here today.

With these two new cases in Kuching, he said the cumulative number of cases in the state now stands at 1,110.

He also disclosed there were no new recoveries which has been discharged from hospital while 27 patients are receiving treatment in hospitals across the state.

“Today, there are four new Person-Under-Investigation (PUI) cases and zero cases awaiting laboratory test results,” he added.

There are 497 Persons-Under-Surveillance (PUS) who are registered into various hotels across Sarawak to be quarantined, and a total of 3,838 individuals under quarantine in 42 hotels throughout Sarawak while 45,275 PUS have completed their 14-day quarantine. — DayakDaily