Sarawak to identify those who came into close contact with Covid-19 patient

Patient 33, tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday has been warded at the Sungai Buloh Hospital in Kuala Lumpur (The Star Pic)

By Emma Victoria

THE Sarawak Health Department is tracking down those who have come into close contact with a Covid-19 patient from Selangor, who had travelled to Kuching on Feb 16.

Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the department has begun to identify places and people that the 58-year-old man had went or met.

According to Borneo Post, the tracking down process would be done according to the standard operating procedure (SOP) in dealing with the virus.

“Hence, public told not to panic. Please contact the hotline or come visit the nearest hospital if you have any concerns,” he said.

This was a precautionary measure as the patient 33 of Covid-19 was in Kuching to attend meeting before being tested positive on March 3.

He was admitted to the Sungai Buloh Hospital and is currently in a stable condition.

Meanwhile, former health minister Datuk Seri Dzulkefly Ahmad has clarified on his personal Facebook page that a close contact is an individual being within six feet (two metres) of a person positive for Covid-19 for an extended period (no less than two hours).

For those who have any enquiries, can contact the Sarawak Health Department Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre at 082-443248, Kuching Hospital (082-276666), Miri Hospital (085-420033), Bintulu Hospital (086-255899) and Sibu Hospital (084-343333).