Six new Covid-19 cases in Sarawak

Health officials doing screening at the Seri Petaling mosque in KL. – Bernama picture

By Chew Lip Song

SARAWAK has recorded six more COVID-19 cases today, bringing the total cases to nine. All who tested positive today had attended a religious gathering in a mosque in Kuala Lumpur last month.

Two cases are from Limbang and four are from Kuching and they are all being treated at designated hospitals, Chairman of the State Disaster Management Committee Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah announced this at a media conference today.

Uggah said the state was taking steps to immediately announce new cases to keep the public well-informed.

Meanwhile, he again appealed to those who had attended the religious gathering at the Sri Petaling Mosque in Kuala Lumpur and who had not reported themselves to the nearest hospital and the Divisional Health Office for the COVID-19 screening – to do so immediately.

“We have managed to track down 311 participants, but we believe it may be more. We have decided to form a special team to study the Sarawak Health Declaration Forms of those who have entered Sarawak from all four airports from 2nd-5th March 2020. This will enable us to identify those who flew into Sarawak.”

At the same time, Uggah added that he had discussed with representatives from private hospitals to seek their support and cooperation in addressing the current COVID-19 outbreak.

Yesterday, the state recorded its first three cases of Covid-19, two of whom are a couple who had taken part in the religious activity in KL, while the third was a relative of the duo.

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