First COVID-19 cases in Sarawak, 3 test positive

The religious event in Sri Petaling Mosque linked to COVID-19. Pic from Buletin TTKM

By Emma Victoria

THREE people in Kuching have tested positive for COVID-19, the first reported cases in Sarawak since the outbreak.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee Chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said two were from the cluster who attended the “Ijtimak” (religious gathering) in the Sri Petaling Mosque in Selangor from Feb 28 to Mar 1, while Case 3 is a family member.

The two are husband and wife, aged 73 and 60, while the third patient is a 46-year-old man.

“Therefore, we are appealing to all those who attended that gathering and who are in Sarawak to immediately contact the nearest hospitals for COVID-19 investigation.

So far, Sarawak Health Department had tracked 236 participants and will continue to track the remaining.

He advised those who had attended the gathering in Sri Petaling to also abide by the directive from the Majlis Islam Sarawak that was issued on 12 March 2020.

The committee assured the public that the Sarawak Health Department is prepared to face any eventuality arising from COVID-19 in its designated hospitals namely Sarawak General Hospital, Sibu Hospital, Bintulu Hospital and Miri Hospital. Quarantine centres have been set up in Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu and Miri and are ready for operation.

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