By Chew Lip Song
SARAWAK continues to top the list of new Covid-19 cases, which saw eight new cases of local transmission nationwide, seven of whom are from Sarawak. The eighth case involved a foreigner who was screened prior to departing overseas.
Of the seven new cases – all Malaysians – three are from the Stutong cluster and one from the Sentosa cluster. Others include a close contact of an earlier patient and a teacher who flew from Kota Bahru to Kuching to resume duties on July 4. He was not showing any symptoms and was randomly picked for screening, the state disaster management committee (SDMC) said in a statement.
Another case involved a man who was on the same flight with a Covid-19 patient. They flew from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Kuching on July 15. The patient was also asymptomatic.
Besides the seven local transmission cases, Sarawak also saw two new import cases, both locals. One of them had just returned from South Korea on June 10 after transiting at the KLIA. Another was a student from the Kursk Medical University, Russia who had returned to Kuching via London and KLIA.
Both also showed no symptoms and tested positive while under quarantine in Sarawak.
Sarawak now has a total of 628 cases and seven clusters. The total deaths remain at 18.
The SDMC also announced the end of the construction site cluster, which saw three positive cases.
Nationwide, 16 new cases were reported, bringing the tally to 8,831.
Of the new cases, eight were imported involving four locals and four foreigners, health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a Covid-19 media briefing.
He also reported that five patients are now in intensive care units, of whom one of them require ventilator support.