Covid-19: eight cases, one new cluster in Sarawak

By Emma Victoria

SARAWAK today reported eight new Covid-19 cases, including four locally transmitted ones.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee Chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said five cases were reported in Kuching, two in Miri and one in Bintulu.

“Three locally transmitted cases in Kuching are close contacts of Patient 719, who tested positive for the virus two days ago. The index case had a travel history to Sabah. We have identified this cluster as “Bah Arnab”,” he said.

He said another locally transmitted case was reported in Bintulu, who is a close contact of Patient 724.

Meanwhile, the four imported cases involved two Indian nationals, who entered Miri to work , one Sarawakian who returned from Selangor and another patient had who traveled to Sabah last month.

The two foreigners were tested positive during their quarantine at a hotel in Miri.

“A man who had traveled to Selangor to visit a relative from Sept 22 to 27 and had gone for a swab test after having fever for a few days. His test result returned positive today.”

“Meanwhile, another Sarawakian man  who traveled to Sabah from Sept 19 to 27 for business purposes, was initially tested negative before returning to the state.

“He had been screened in Sabah and was tested negative, thus, allowed to return home. However, he tested positive on the 10th day of his home quarantine in Kuching,” he said.

To date, Sarawak has reported a total of 732 Covid-19 cases, including 19 deaths.