Two new cases detected, Kuching back to yellow zone
The Borneo Post (Sabah), Malaysia, 23 September 2020, https://www.pressreader.com/article/281925955446970
KUCHING: Sarawak recorded two new cases of Covid-19 detected in Kuching and Bintulu bringing the total number of positive cases in the state to 703 yesterday.
The case in Kuching was locally transmitted while the case in Bintulu was an imported case.
With the detection of the locally transmitted case, Kuching District is now classified as yellow zone.
State Disaster Management Committee ( SDMC) said in a statement the case in Kuching was local man who works at a construction site in Kuching District.
The man is from Serian District but resides in Kuching. He was tested positive through Covid19 screening while receiving treatment at a private hospital in Kuching on September 21and was referred to the Sarawak General Hospital on the same day for further treatment.
This case is categorised as a local transmission case as he has no history of going overseas or visited other states in Malaysia. The case is still under further investigation and contact tracing is being carried out by the Kuching Division Health Office and Serian Division Health Office.
The Bintulu case was an Indonesian man who came to
Sarawak to work in a shipping company there. He entered into Malaysia via Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) from Jakarta on September 12.
Upon arrival at KLIA2, he underwent Covid-19 screening using RTK Antigen and the result was negative.
He then continued on the flight from KLIA2 to Bintulu on the same day. Upon arrival at the Bintulu Airport, the case was taken directly to the hotel quarantine centre in Bintulu to undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days. He was also screened for Covid-19 using rtPCR test on September 13 and result was also negative.
On September 21, he underwent a second screening test on the 10th day of his quarantine, and the result of this RT-PCR test was positive for Covid-19 although he showed no symptoms.
He was admitted to Bintulu Hospital on the same day for further treatment.
This case is categorised as imported as he was infected while in his home country before entering Sarawak and contact tracing has been initiated.
Meanwhile, SDMC also informed that the Alam Cluster in Bintulu remains active, even though all eight cases have recovered and discharged from the hospital.
It said that there was no case of recovery and discharge for the day. To-date, 680 or 96.73 per cent of total cases have recovered and discharged.
“A total of four cases are still being treated at hospital’s isolation wards. They are treated at Sibu Hospital , Sungai Buloh Hospital in Selangor, SGH and Bintulu Hospital respectively. There is one case, which was reported in Sandakan, Sabah currently receiving treatment at Bintulu Hospital,” it said.
As for Person-underi-nvestigation (PUIS), there were eight new ones, bringing the cumulative total of PUIS to 9,674 todate.
Yesterday, 140 Persons-under-surveillance (PUS) have checked into hotels for their compulsory quarantine. This brings the total of PUS to 647individuals quarantined at 11 hotels statewide.
To-date, those who have completed their quarantine period numbered at 24,324.
With no deaths reported, the state’s death toll remains at 19 or 2.7 per cent of total cases.