Two new cases de­tected, Kuching back to yel­low zone

The Bor­neo Post (Sabah), Malaysia, 23 Septem­ber 2020,­­ti­cle/2819259554­46970

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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.

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