Kuching turns orange today

KUCHING: Sarawak recorded 16 new Covid-19 cases today (Jan 8), bringing the total number of positive cases to 1,196.

According to Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a statement, these cases were recorded in Kuching (10), Miri (four), Samarahan (one) and Julau (one).

Case 1,187 is a one-year-old Sarawakian boy who is a close contact to Case 1,158.

Case 1,183 is a Sarawakian man who is a close contact and work colleague to Case 1,144.

Case 1,188 is a Sarawakian woman who is a social contact to Case 1,168.

Cases 1,191 and 1,192 are Sarawakians who are close contacts and family members to Case 1,179.

Case 1,191 is a four-month-old baby who experienced a fever on Dec 31.

All these cases were admitted to Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) and had been categorised as local infection.

Cases 1,184 and 1,185 are two personnel of Royal Malaysia Air Force (TUDM) who had returned to Kuching from Malaya via TUDM flight. Upon arrival, they were admitted to the quarantine centre to undergo mandatory quarantine and tested positive on Jan 7.

Cases 1,189 and 1,190 are two local citizens from Selangor and Kelantan who had entered the state via Kuching International Airport (KIA) from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on Jan 6, before admitted to the quarantine centre.

Case 1,186 is a Sabahan man who underwent screening in Kuching on Jan 6 prior to returning to his state of origin. He tested positive the same day.

In Miri, three cases — Cases 1,193; 1,194 and 1,196 — are Sarawakians who are close contacts to positive cases under the Bah Sayap Cluster.

Case 1,193 is a housemate while Case 1,194 is a social contact to Case 1,149. Case 1,196 is a three years old boy from Selangor who is a close contact to Case 1,137 — his father’s work colleague.

Case 1,195 is a Sarawakian man who underwent screening prior to making a trip to Labuan. The case had a travel history to Kuala Lumpur and returned to Kuching on Dec 13. He tested negative twice throughout his quarantine period.

The case then travelled from Kuching to Sibu via a flight on Jan 4 for work purposes for three days and two nights. On Jan 6, the case arrived in Miri and underwent screening where his test results came back positive.

In Samarahan, Case 1,182 is a Sarawakian woman who underwent screening on Jan 6 prior to making a trip to Singapore and was tested positive the next day. The case denied having any contact with any positive cases reported previously.

Case 1,187 reported in Julau is a Sarawakian man who had returned to Sibu from Johor via Senai International Airport to Sibu Airport on Jan 4. The case was instructed to undergo the 14-day quarantine at home and was affixed a wristband before making a trip from Sibu Airport to his home at Rantau Pitak, Julau. His test result came back positive on Jan 5.

Contact tracing and further investigation for all relevant cases are underway.

SDMC also reported that there were five new recovery and discharged cases, bringing the total number to 1,080 or 91.14 percent.

As of today (Jan 8), there were 87 cases still receiving treatment at hospitals, namely 44 at SGH, 19 at Sibu Hospital, 18 at Miri Hospital, five at Bintulu Hospital and one at Sungai Buloh Hospital.

On the other hand, 58 new person-under-investigation (PUI) cases were reported with 13 awaiting lab test results.

Sarawak still has four active clusters at present namely Mador Cluster, Stutong Cluster, Bah Sayap Cluster and Keranji Tabuan Cluster.

Kuching is now an orange zone after reporting 25 cases of local infections in the district. Meanwhile, Samarahan turns yellow with one new case of local infection.

With this, Sarawak has one orange zone and eight yellow zones namely Samarahan, Miri, Sibu, Bintulu, Meradong, Bukit Mabong, Lawas and Sri Aman.