University lecturer, spouse among Sarawak’s new Covid-19 cases

By Chew Lip Song

A LECTURER with a Sarawak university and her spouse are among the three new Covid-19 cases reported in the state today, with the tally now at 709 cases. All three are imported cases.

The couple are Myanmar citizens and had returned to their home country for holiday since Feb 25 this year and only returned to Sarawak earlier this month. The lecturer had been attached with the Sarawak university since 2012, the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said in a statement.

The couple flew from Yangoon to KLIA on Sept 12 where both were screened for Covid-19 with the results returning negative.  They were subsequently quarantined.

A second screening using the RTK Antigen on Sept 21 also returned negative. On Sept 26, the couple flew to Kuching where they were quarantined. A subsequent test on them on Sept 27 showed they tested positive for the virus.

Both patients were asymptomatic and they have since been referred to the Sarawak General Hospital for further treatment.

The other positive case in the state involved a local who returned from Saudi Arabia where she worked as a nurse.

Meanwhile, 101 new cases were reported nationwide today, of which 97 were local transmission cases and four imported, Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said.

Sabah recorded 73 new cases, with Selangor, 15. Of the new cases reported outside Sabah, 17 of the new cases had a travel history to the state.

Four new clusters were reported – two in Sabah and one each in Selangor and Johor.