Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

KUCHING: Sarawak recorded one new positive Covid-19 case in Kuching yesterday, bringing the total number of positive cases in the state to 584.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said Case 584 was a foreigner working at a fishing vessel company in Kuching.

“The Indonesian man had undergone a screening at a private hospital in Kuching on Wednesday (July 15) and his RT-PCR swab test has returned positive for Covid-19 on the same day.

“He was referred and admitted to the isolation ward of Sarawak General Hospital (SGH). He did not show any sign and symptom.

“This case is a local infection because he has no history of traveling to or from abroad. He last returned to the country of origin in 2016.

“Thus, tracing of close contacts involving his work colleagues is underway,” he told a press conference held at the Old State Legislative Assembly (DUN) building here yesterday.

He also revealed that there was no new recovery case, bringing the total number of Covid-19 cases that had recovered and discharged to 554, or 94.86 percent.

“At present, 12 cases are undergoing treatment at isolation wards in hospitals including one who requires breathing assistance at Bintulu Hospital.

“The total number of Covid-19 deaths in Sarawak remains at 18 or 3.08 percent,” it said.

Apart from that, 14 new persons under investigation (PUI) cases were reported while 12 cases were still awaiting laboratory results.

Uggah further stated that any private company wishing to issue statements regarding the Covid-19 situation in the state must refer to the SDMC for verification in order to avoid sharing false information that may raise panic and confusion among the public.