Suspected illegal Indonesian tests positive for Covid-19 in Kuching

The statistic of the Covid-19 situation in Sarawak as of Dec 4, 2020

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, Dec 4: An alleged illegal immigrant from Indonesia who was about to commence work as a shop assistant in Kuching was tested positive for Covid-19 following a pre-employment health screening.

This brings the state tally of positive cases to 1,067.

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a statement today informed that initial investigation found that Case 1,067 from Kalimantan was suspected to have entered Sarawak illegally in the middle of November as there was no record entry neither that of Covid-19 screening found.

Upon arrival in Sarawak, the case and a few other colleagues observed self-quarantine for 14-days at a house before undergoing rT-PCR test for Covid-19 at a private health facility on Dec 1.


His result returned positive on Dec 3. He was asymptomatic and is now isolated and treated at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH).

Prior to this, the case did not have any close contact with any positive cases. Investigations and close contact tracing are still ongoing.

Pending investigations, this case is categorised as an imported case with possibility of infection in the home country of Indonesia based on the history of entering Sarawak.

Meanwhile, SDMC disclosed that Miri District has regained green zone status following zero local cases reported in the last 14 days.

However, Kuching and Serian remained as yellow zones with a total of three local cases reported in the last 14 days.

There was one recovery recorded and discharged from Miri Hospital today, thus increasing the total number of recovered cases in Sarawak to 1,033 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 10 in SGH, three in Miri Hospital and two in Sibu Hospital.

Six active clusters remained 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 31 more persons-under-investigation (PUI) with two cases pending laboratory test results.

There were also 202 more persons-under-surveillance (PUS) registered into identified hotels to undergo quarantine.

As of today, there were a total number of 3,940 individuals undergoing quarantine in 39 hotels and quarantine facilities throughout the state. — DayakDaily