Sarawak’s latest Covid-19 patient had visitors over during Raya

All tertiary students had been directed to undergo screening. – Bernama photo.

By Chew Lip Song

SARAWAK reported one new Covid-19 case in Bintulu today, involving a tertiary student from Mukah. The patient had been at home since the Movement Control Order started in March but was visited by relatives during the recent Hari Raya celebrations.

“The Bintulu Health Office is doing contact tracing. The cause of the infection is still being investigated,” the Sarawak disaster management committee said in a statement today.

It added that the patient was detected after the state health department ordered all tertiary students to be screened. The case brings to 557 the number of Covid-19 positive cases in Sarawak.

The government had eased travel restrictions during the recent Raya and Gawai festivals, allowing each household to host a maximum of 20 people, subject to the size of the premises.

With the new case, Bintulu district is now categorised as a Covid-19 yellow zone from green. There are four yellow zones in the state and 36 green ones.

As of today, 533 Covid-19 patients from Sarawak had been discharged, bringing the recovery rate to 95.69 percent. The committee also announced that 19 Persons Under Investigations had been reported today with 24 awaiting lab results.