11 new Patients Under Investigation

KUCHING: Eleven new Patients Under Investigation (PUI) cases for the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) were recorded in Sarawak as of 10.30am yesterday.

 Sibu Hospital has the highest number at nine followed by one case each at Sarawak General Hospital in Kuching and Miri Hospital.

On Friday, only six PUI cases were recorded.

This was revealed by the Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee (JPBN) secretariat in a statement yesterday.

The cumulative PUI cases in the state from Jan 10 until yesterday stood at 57. However, of the total, 36 cases had tested negative.

The balance of 21 (which include the 11 new cases yesterday) are awaiting laboratory testing results.

The committee also stated that Malaysian nationals (42) contribute to the biggest number of the PUI cases, followed by 13 Chinese nationals, one Thai and one Indonesian national.

On the other hand, the State Health Department has screened 5,876 arrivals at the various air, sea and land entry points to the state until 11am yesterday.

From Feb 2 until yesterday, some 52,203 arrivals to the state had been screened.

The Health Department, meanwhile, is again advising everyone to observe the highest standard of health through the following measures:

1.            Cover your mouth and nose with tissue papers when coughing or sneezing. The used papers must be disposed of in a rubbish bin.

2.            Wash your hands with soap or hand sanitizer after coughing or sneezing.

3.            Observe proper coughing or sneezing etiquette or habit at all times.

4.            Use face mask when communicating with others.

5.            Take care of your personal cleanliness at all times.

The department also advised those who fell sick with fever, coughing and difficulty in breathing within 14 days after visiting China to report to the nearest hospitals and that they should inform the doctors attending to them of their travelling history.

All doctors, whether they are from government hospitals or clinics and those in the private practice must notify the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) of the State Health Department immediately if they come across any suspected case.

They can do this by emailing to cprc_sarawak@moh.gov.my or call their telephone number at 082-443248.