Sibu turns yellow with 6 new Covid-19 cases

Sarawak Covid-19 statistics as at Dec 17, 2020. Infographics courtesy of SDMC

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Dec 7: Sibu has been declared a Covid-19 yellow zone with six new cases reported today, including a local transmission case.

According to the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a statement, the local case, Case 1,081, involved a Sarawakian who underwent the Covid-19 test for an application to work in Papua New Guinea. He took the test on Dec 16 with the result coming back positive on the same day

“The case was categorised as a local transmission case because the patient has been in Sarawak since January 2020. He had no history of traveling to Covid-19 high risk areas,” the statement explained.

The second case, reported in Sibu, was a local male who just arrived at the Sibu Airport from Johor, a Covid-19 high risk area, on Dec 6.


Four other positive cases (Cases 1,077 to 1,080) were Indonesian females swabbed before starting their jobs in Sibu.

Outside of Sibu, there were two new cases reported in Kuching and one in Sri Aman as of today.

One of the Kuching cases is a returnee from Pahang via the Kuching International Airport (KIA) on Dec 6, while the other one involved an Indonesian suspected to be an illegal immigrant.

A similar case was reported in Sri Aman as well. Case 1,076 is also an illegal immigrant from Indonesia who got caught and was swabbed on Dec 15.

With nine new Covid-19 cases reported today, the cumulative number of cases in Sarawak has increased to 1,084.

However, none of these cases are related to any of the active clusters, so only one cluster in Sarawak remains active which is the Besi Cluster with a total of 12 cases.

SDMC also reported there were zero new recoveries who has been discharged from Sarawak General Hospital. Thus the cumulative number of Covid-19 recoveries in Sarawak is unchanged at 1,046 or 96.49 per cent of total recoveries.

“Today, there are 42 new Person-Under-Investigation (PUI) cases and two cases awaiting laboratory test results,” it added.

Meanwhile, there were 71 Persons-Under-Surveillance (PUS) who were registered into various hotels across Sarawak to be quarantined.

There is now a total of 3,959 individuals under quarantine in 41 hotels throughout Sarawak while 40,639 PUS have completed their 14-day quarantine. — DayakDaily