Sibu’s sole Delta variant case so far is illegal immigrant

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SIBU, July 21: The Sibu Divisional Disaster Management Committee (SDDMC) today revealed that the only Delta variant case detected here so far involved an illegal immigrant from Indonesia.

The committee in a statement said preliminary screening showed that the individual was infected with a “Covid-19 variant” and samples were sent to Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) on July 12 for confirmation testing.

“He had been detained at Hospital Sibu since July 7, 2021. The investigation found that he had just entered Sarawak from Indonesia on July 5, 2021,” the committee said.

The committee added that a second illegal immigrant who had close contact with this positive case had tested negative. He was subsequently placed in a quarantine centre where he will remain for 21 days.

“Two locals who also had close contact with the positive case tested negative and were also detained at a quarantine centre for 21 days,” it said, adding police are investigating the case.

SDDMC urged Sibu residents to keep vigilant and observe standard operating procedures (SOPs), which include always wearing face masks, practising physical distancing and avoiding places where people gather even after receiving vaccines.

People are also reminded not to hire illegal foreign workers to work. — DayakDaily