Sarawak faces start of second wave with 10 new Covid-19 cases

Six of Sarawak’s new Covid-19 cases were reported in Kuching and two each in Samarahan and Bintulu.

KUCHING: Sarawak is facing the beginning of a second wave of Covid-19 infections after the state recorded 10 positive cases today.

State disaster management committee chairman Douglas Uggah Embas said he had directed the state Health Department to be prepared to face the second wave of the virus, especially in terms of personal protective equipment (PPE) among frontliners and to conduct random tests at possibly infected places.

Kuching and Samarahan are now classified as Covid-19 yellow zones while Bintulu is still classified as a green zone district as the cases reported there were imported cases.

Sarawak had recorded a low number of Covid-19 cases in the past weeks.

Speaking on the 10 positive cases recorded today, Uggah said six of them were in Kuching and two each in Samarahan and Bintulu.

“Six of the cases were imported while the other four involved local transmissions,” he said at a press conference. The total number of positive cases in the state stands at 594.

The first local transmission case involved a female senior citizen from Kuching who was also suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure.

Another case involved a private hospital health worker in Kuching who tested positive for the virus. The patient is believed to have contracted the virus from a colleague who tested positive on July 15.

The other two local transmission cases involved locals who had undergone self-screening at a private hospital. Both were asymptomatic.

The six imported cases involved four Sarawakians who had just returned from overseas and two non-Malaysians who had contracted the virus after coming into close contact with another Covid-19 patient, a crew member of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) ship.

The two non-Malaysians will be brought to the Bintulu Hospital for further treatment.

On July 13, it was reported that an Indonesian crew member of a LNG ship which was heading to Sabah from Singapore had tested positive for the virus.

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