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Contact tracing operation

KUCHING: A total of 271 employees who came into contact with two Covid-19 cases reported at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) and the old ‘Institut Tadbiran Awam Negara’ (Intan) Sarawak building, have undergone screening.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said that close contact tracing was in full swing.

“To date, 271 employees have been screened. Of the total, 176 workers were from construction sites within the vicinity of SGH and, 81 contractors and 14 workers at the old Intan Sarawak building.

“Meanwhile, the Sarawak Immigration Department made 25 arrests from the operation. From the figure, 17 male workers were arrested at construction sites within SGH’s vicinity and eight male workers were arrested at the old Intan Sarawak building.”

Apart from that, SDMC noted that the police issued two investigation notices of individuals violating the quarantine rule.

In Dalat, a man who was ordered to be quarantined at home was not found at home during an inspection.

Efforts are underway to trace the man and it is believed that the individual had gone out to work outside the district.

Meanwhile in Miri, a man who was ordered to be quarantined at a hotel, was found roaming the city. The individual was directed back to the hotel and would be arrested upon completion of the quarantine period.

“With that being said, the police have issued 13 compounds to errant individuals for violating the standard operating procedure (SOP) in public places — eight in Kuching, two each in Miri and Saratok, and one in Kota Samarahan.

“The Ministry of Local Government also issued 85 verbal, written and seizure warnings in areas under the supervision of various local councils.”

Under Ops Benteng, SDMC stated that a total of 971 vehicles were inspected at six roadblocks in five districts, namely two in Lundu and one each in Bau, Serian, Sri Aman and Lubok Antu.