Twin brother of suspected illegal Indonesian among 2 imported Covid-19 cases in Kuching

he statistic of the Covid-19 situation in Sarawak as of Dec 8, 2020

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, Dec 8: An Indonesian man and the twin brother of Case 1,067, both suspected to have entered Sarawak illegally, was among the two imported Covid-19 cases recorded in Kuching today.

This thus increased the state tally of positive cases to 1,072.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a statement today revealed that Case 1,071 was detected and admitted to a quarantine centre due to close contact with Case 1,067.

The case had undergone rT-PCR test on Dec 7 while in quarantine centre and the result was positive.


According to investigation, the two brothers had entered Sarawak from Kalimantan in the middle of November illegally as there were no records of their entry.

As for Case 1,072 it involved a Kelantanese man who entered Sarawak to report for duty at a training centre here in Kuching.

He entered Sarawak on Dec 6 and observed mandatory 14-days quarantine at a quarantine centre. The case had undergone rT-PCR test on Dec 6 and was tested positive on Dec 8.

Initial investigation revealed that the man did Covid-19 screening on Nov 19 at his home state with negative result.

Both cases were asymptomatic and are now isolated and treated at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH).

Meanwhile, SDMC disclosed that two patients have recovered and have been discharged from Sibu Hospital today thus increasing the total number of recovered cases in Sarawak to 1,037 or 96.74 per cent of total positive cases so far.

A total of 16 patients are still receiving treatment in hospitals in the state with 13 in SGH and three in Miri Hospital.

There are four active clusters remaining in Kuching namely Besi Cluster (12 cases), Jalan Abell Cluster (15 cases), Greenhill Cluster (91 cases) and Wisma Saberkas Cluster (44 cases).

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

Sarawak also recorded 17 more persons-under-investigation (PUI) with five cases pending laboratory test results.

There were also 394 more persons-under-surveillance (PUS) registered into identified hotels to undergo quarantine.

As of today, there were a total number of 4,526 individuals undergoing quarantine in 39 hotels and quarantine facilities throughout the state. — DayakDaily