Deputy Chief Minister and chairman of SDMC Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas speaking at the Covid-19 update in the state. On the left is Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: One new Covid-19 positive case was recorded in the state during Hari Raya Aidiladha on Friday (Jul 31), bringing the cumulative total to 678 cases throughout Sarawak.

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said the case was an imported case involving a an Indonesian man from Sambas.

It was learnt that the man had legally entered the state through the Sarawak-Kalimantan Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complex at Biawak, Lundu on Monday (Jul 27).

“He was taken directly to the hotel quarantine centre in Kuching on the same day to undergo the compulsory 14-day quarantine.

“He was brought into Sarawak to work as a mechanic by a local engineering company. On his second day of quarantine, the man was screened and a nasopharyngeal swab and oropharyngeal swab were taken for the Covid-19 testing.

“The results of the screening test were positive for Covid-19 on July 30. The case showed no signs and symptoms and is being treated at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH),” it said in a statement issued on Friday (Jul 31).

Additionally, there were eight new cases that had recovered and been discharged from the hospital, bringing the total to 579, or 85.40 percent.

“Eighty individuals are still receiving treatment at hospital isolation wards and the total number of deaths remains at 19, or 2.80 percent,” said the committee.

SDMC added that the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) had issued 15 compound notices and arrested a person for non-compliance with the standard operating procedures (SOPs).

On Op Benteng, the committee said that there were six roadblocks in five districts, namely two in Lundu and one each in Bau, Serian, Sri Aman and Lubok Antu.

“From these six roadblocks, a total of 1,302 vehicles were checked.” it added.