Miri woman fined for improper health declaration

By S. Harrish

THE Covid-19 positive patient who recently returned to Sarawak from Tunisia has been fined for not declaring that she was coming back from overseas.

The woman was in transit at KLIA, where her rapid antigen test came back negative.

She was then randomly selected for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, but flew back to Miri the same day instead of waiting for the result the following day.

When she arrived in Miri on June 21, she filled in an e-health declaration form but did not state she was coming back from overseas.

It was then assumed that she is a Sarawakian returning from Kuala Lumpur and not subject to quarantine.

Meanwhile, there were six new Covid-19 cases nationwide with Sarawak recording zero new cases.

This brings the infection tally to 8,606 with 191 active cases still receiving treatment as of noon today.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said no new deaths were reported, with the toll remaining at 121.

Of the six new cases, five were imported cases involving four Malaysians and a non-citizen allowed in for work purposes.

He said Malaysia’s recovery rate was also the highest in Asia, and the death toll the lowest, accounting for 1.04% of the worldwide casualties.