Sarawak sees 7 Covid-19 cases today; 6 in Kuching and 1 in Bintulu


By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, July 18: Sarawak recorded another seven positive cases of Covid-19 today with six of them in Kuching and one in Bintulu.

The information was revealed by the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a press statement.

With the additional seven cases, the committee said the number of cumulative Covid-19 cases in Sarawak has risen to 601 cases.

It stated that out of the seven cases, two were imported while the remaining five cases were local transmission.


For the local transmission cases, SDMC said two cases were detected from the Stutong market, one was a close contact to the Mambong cluster, one from a foreigner who underwent Covid-19 swab test at the Batu Kawah Health Clinic prior to travel back to her home country and a senior citizen from Sri Aman who stays in Kuching.

In the senior citizen’s case, the committee said the patient was directed to undergo Covid-19 swab test prior to a bronchoscopy check-up at the Bau Hospital yesterday (July 17).

SDMC stated that the patient’s polymerase chain reaction (PCR) rapid test (RT) results showed up positive on the same day.

The case is still under investigation.

As for the imported cases, SDMC said one case involved a Sarawakian who returned from Singapore and another case involved a Sarawakian returning from Indonesia.

For the Sarawakian who came back from Singapore, the committee said the person arrived at Kuching International Airport on July 12 and transitted one night in Kuching.

It added that the person stayed one night at a quarantine hotel in Kuching and resumed his journey back to Bintulu the next day.

SDMC said the person had tested positive for Covid-19 on the second day of his swab test on July 16.

As for another returnee, the committee said his second Covid-19 swab test results on the 10th day of his quarantine showed that he was positive for Covid-19.

On another note, SDMC said there were 18 new cases of person-under-investigation (PUI) and three PUI cases awaiting laboratory results.

It added that 29 patients were receiving treatment at the isolation ward in the hospitals while the death toll for Covid-19 remained at 18 persons.

Apart from that, SDMC said there were 52 persons who registered into hotels as person-under surveillance (PUS) today.

It noted that there were 426 PUS who are undergoing quarantine at eight hotels throughout Sarawak while 18,858 PUS have completed their 14 days quarantine today. —DayakDaily