Returning UMS student tests positive for Covid-19

An infographic showing the situation of Covid-19 in Sarawak as at Dec 12, 2020. Source: Sarawak Disaster Information.

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, Dec 12: A Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) student who returned to Kuching has been identified as the sole positive case of Covid-19 reported in Sarawak today.

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), in a press statement today, said the female student returned from Kota Kinabalu to Kuching yesterday (Dec 11).

The committee said the student had underwent Covid-19 swab test using rapid test kit (RTK) antigen on Dec 9 as part of the procedures to depart from Sabah.

Upon arrival in Kuching, the committee said the student was admitted to a quarantine centre to observe her 14 days quarantine and had her Covid-19 swab test taken.


It revealed that she was tested positive for Covid-19 on Dec 12 using the rapid test polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR).

SDMC said the student was asymptomatic and was referred to the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) for further treatment.

With the additional case reported today, the committee said the cumulative number of Covid-19 positive cases in Sarawak has increased to 1,075 cases to date.

On another note, the committee said the Jalan Abell Cluster in Kuching has ended after no new Covid-19 cases emerged in the past 28 days.

It noted that there were still three active clusters of Covid-19 in Kuching namely the Wisma Saberkas Cluster, Greenhill Cluster and the Besi Cluster.

SDMC said there were no new cluster of Covid-19 formed in the state.

The committee said there were 13 patients who were receiving treatment for Covid-19 at the isolation wards in hospitals throughout Sarawak.

It noted that 11 patients were being treated at SGH, one patient at Miri Hospital and one patient at Bintulu Hospital.

Apart from that, SDMC said there was one new case of Person-Under-Investigation (PUI) and one PUI case was awaiting laboratory test results.

The committee said there were three cases of local transmission of Covid-19 in the past 14 days with two cases reported in Serian and one case in Kuching.

SDMC added there were 538 new Person-Under-Surveillance (PUS) who registered into hotels and quarantine centres today to undergo the compulsory 14 days quarantine.

It disclosed that 4,149 PUS were undergoing quarantine at 41 hotels throughout Sarawak while a total of 38,444 PUS have completed their compulsory quarantine period today. —DayakDaily