Source of Covid-19 cases in Sri Aman longhouse identified

Dr Chin Zin Hing (file pic)

By Ling Hui and Lian Cheng

KUCHING, Jan 11: The source of local Covid-19 transmission cases involving two longhouse residents in rural Sri Aman on Jan 7 has been identified.

Sarawak Health Director Dr Chin Zin Hing in revealing this before the Covid-19 press conference at the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) Complex today, said it involved an 85-year-old local male who frequently visited Indonesia.

Investigations showed that the patient would come and go between his longhouse and Indonesia as the longhouse is located near the border with Indonesia.

Dr Chin said it was most likely that the patient had been infected with the virus when he was in Indonesia.

It was only after experiencing coughs and fever that the patient sought treatment at a Sri Aman clinic. He was subsequently tested for Covid-19 and confirmed as positive.

Two cases on that day had turned Sri Aman district from a Covid-19 green zone to yellow zone.

To control the spread, State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) also implemented a 14-day lockdown on two longhouses namely Rh Sg Putong, Ulu Undop and Rh Bui Panjai, Lubok Antu. — DayakDaily