Sarawak still free of novel coronavirus

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KUCHING, Feb 6: To-date, Sarawak is still free from the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

The State Disaster Management Committee in a statement today disclosed that as at 12 noon, Feb 4, out of 37 Patients Under Investigation (PUI) cases, 34 had proven negative while three are under investigation.

“A total of 18 people comprising 10 males and eight females were also denied entry into Sarawak between Feb 2 and 4 as one of the methods to strengthen and enforce the prevention of the deadly virus’s spreading.

“17 of them were from China and one from Indonesia. They had arrived at Kuching International Airport, Miri, Bintulu, and Mulu airports via Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu. They were denied entry as they had been in or out of China within the last 14 days,” the statement revealed.

Meanwhile, four new PUI cases were recorded on Feb 5 and one on Feb 4. The test results for these five and the above three cases (totaling eight) are still pending.

The committee has also reminded all foreigners of all nationalities and in particular, tourists who have been to China in the last 14 days that they will be refused entry into Sarawak.

“All Malaysians (non-residents of Sarawak) who have visited China within the last 14 days are strongly advised not to visit Sarawak until they have fully completed their 14 days’ home quarantine and are certified free from the sickness.

“All Sarawakians and Sarawakian PRs, work or visa holders who have been to China in the last 14 days are allowed to enter Sarawak but they must undergo compulsory home quarantine for 14 days. They will be subjected to random monitoring by the relevant authorities,” the statement added. — DayakDaily