KUCHING: Sarawak recorded no new positive Covid-19 cases today, as the total number of positive cases in the state remains at 701.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the state has remained a green zone for 20 days as no new positive locally-transmitted cases were reported for the past 14 days.

“Although we are in the green zone now, the war is not finished yet. We have not won the war, and cannot be complacent, but must continue to comply with the set standard operating procedure (SOP),” he said in a press conference on the daily Covid-19 update at the old State Legislative Assembly (DUN) building today.

He said while there is still one active Covid-19 cluster, the Alam Cluster in Bintulu, with eight cases. All cases from this cluster have recovered and been discharged from hospital.

“Contact tracing for a Covid-19 positive case that has been confirmed and has travel history to Belaga District is being carried out by health officers from Kapit Division Health Office,” he said.

He also said sampling among detainees (Orang Kena Tahan or OKT) and staff at the Immigration Detention Depot (DTI) in Sarawak is being carried out to detect infections.

“This is taken as an additional step for sampling activities taken from illegal foreigners (PATI) who have been detained by the Immigration, police or army before being sent to the depot in Sarawak,” he said.

Uggah said there are no new recoveries and discharge cases from hospital and the total number of recoveries and discharged cases remains at 680 or 97 percent of the total cases.

“The total number cases that are still receiving treatment at the hospital are two, with one each at Sibu Hospital and Sungai Buloh Hospital in Selangor, while there is zero Covid-19 cases being treated at the intensive care unit (ICU).” he said.

He said there is one case reported in Sandakan, Sabah and is currently receiving treatment in Bintulu Hospital.

“There are 14 new person-under-investigation (PUI) cases reported and one is still awaiting laboratory test results,” he said.

On the number of persons-under surveillance (PUS), 49 have been checked into designated hotels to undergo quarantine, bringing the total number of PUS at 11 hotels to 642.

To date, 24,099 PUS have completed their quarantine period.

With no deaths reported, the death toll in the state remains at 19 or 2.72 percent of the total cases.