Serian becomes yellow zone after Indonesian worker tests positive for Covid-19

Covid-19 statistics for Sarawak as of Dec 3, 2020. Credit: SDMC

KUCHING, Dec 3: An Indonesian worker in Serian has tested positive for Covid-19 through a per-employment health screening today, thus bringing the state’s tally of positive cases to 1,066.

With one local transmission case detected, Serian is now Covid-19 yellow zone, the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) confirmed in a statement today.

The worker, Case 1,066, is a general worker for an oil palm plantation in Serian district, and had undergone health screening as part of the procedure for changing employer and workplace.

The worker underwent a rT-PCR test at a private hospital in Kuching on Dec 2 and the result returned positive on the same day.

He was asymptomatic and is now being isolated and treated at the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH).

Initial investigations found that the man had travelled back to Kalimantan, Indonesia and returned to Sarawak in early October.

There was no prior history of Covid-19 screening and he had no close contact with any positive cases as well.

Further investigations and close contact tracing are still ongoing. Until investigations have been completed, this case is thus categorised as a local transmission case based on his record of entering Sarawak more than a month ago.

Meanwhile, SDMC also revealed that there was one patient recovery recorded and has been discharged from SGH today.

Thus, the total number of recovered cases in Sarawak has increased to 1,032 or 96.81 per cent of total positive cases so far.

A total of 15 patients are still receiving treatment in hospitals in the state with nine in SGH, four in Miri Hospital and two in Sibu Hospital.

Six active clusters remain in Kuching, namely Besi Cluster (12 cases), Jalan Abell Cluster (15 cases), Baki Cluster (33 cases), Seladah Cluster (9 cases), Greenhill Cluster (91 cases) and Wisma Saberkas Cluster (44 cases).

Sarawak also recorded 49 more Persons-Under-Investigation (PUI) with no cases pending laboratory test results.

Kuching and Miri remained as yellow zones with a total of four local transmission cases recorded in the last 14 days.

There were also 111 more Persons-Under-Surveillance (PUS) registered into selected hotels to undergo quarantines.

As of today, there are a total number of 3,967 individuals undergoing quarantine in 38 hotels and quarantine facilities throughout the state. — DayakDaily