KUCHING: Sarawak recorded one new imported positive Covid-19 case on Sunday in Kuching, bringing the total number of positive cases in the state to 681.
According to Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a statement, the new case reported involved a local man who was studying in Dar Al-Mustafa, Yemen. He had returned from Cairo, Egypt to Kuala Lumpur on Aug 1 using Egypt Air airline.
The new case reported is also a close contact and classmate to case number 679 who was reported positive on Aug 7.
Case number 681 had transited at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) before returning to Sarawak via Kuching International Airport (KIA) on Aug 2.
Upon arriving at KIA, he was immediately sent to the hotel quarantine centre to undergo the 14-day mandatory quarantine. He did not show any symptoms of the virus.
On Aug 2, upon arriving in Kuala Lumpur, he was tested for Covid-19 via the antigen rapid test kit (RTK) and the result came back negative.
While undergoing the quarantine at the hotel in Kuching, the first reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (rT-PCR) swab test was taken on Aug 3 and the laboratory result on Aug 6 came back negative.
A second rT-PCR swab test was taken on Aug 8, and laboratory result from Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) came back positive for Covid-19.
He was admitted to SGH on Aug 8 for further treatment. Contact tracing and investigation are currently being carried out.
Meanwhile, there are eight new recoveries had been discharged from SGH on Sunday. This brings the total number of recovered Covid-19 patients to 652 or 95.71 percent.
Of the new recovered cases, seven are from Kuching and one from Lundu.
Meanwhile, 10 individuals are still receiving treatment at the hospital isolation wards.
There were six cases of person-under-investigation (PUI) and one is still awaiting laboratory result.
On the number of person-under surveillance (PUS), there are 99 PUS cases that have been checked into designated hotels to undergo quarantine, bringing the total number of PUS at 16 hotels to 1,002.
To date, 20,577 PUS have completed their quarantine period.