KUCHING: Sarawak recorded one new positive Covid-19 case in Sibu today, breaking its nine-day streak of zero cases and bringing the total number of cases in the state so far to 700.

In a statement today, the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said the imported case involved a local man who had just returned from Singapore.

“He works as an engineer at a global marine and offshore engineering company in Singapore. He returned to Sarawak via Kuching International Airport on Sept 6.

“He was admitted directly to the hotel quarantine centre before being allowed to continue his journey via a flight to Sibu on Sept 7,” they said.

Upon arriving at Sibu Airport, the case was taken to the hotel quarantine centre in Sibu to undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

“On Sept 8, the second day after his arrival, the case underwent Covid-19 screening and his reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (rT-PCR) test was found to be positive on the same day,” the committee said, adding that the case did not show any early signs or symptoms.

They said the man had been admitted to Sibu Hospital for further treatment.

According to SDMC, further investigations found that the case had undergone a routine Covid-19 swab test once a fortnight at his workplace in Singapore. 

“The last time the case underwent a Covid-19 screening in Singapore was on Sept 4 and the test result was negative for Covid-19,” they said, adding that further investigations and contact tracing are being carried out for this case.

As of today, only one Covid-19 cluster remained active in the state, namely the Alam Cluster in Bintulu with eight cases — seven of which had recovered and been discharged from the hospital while one case is being treated at Bintulu Hospital.

Meanwhile, the committee said that there were no new recovery and discharged cases today, with the total number of recovery and discharged cases so far remaining at 676 or 96.57 percent.

Five individuals are still undergoing treatment at hospital isolation wards — two in Bintulu Hospital and one each in Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) here, Sibu Hospital and Miri Hospital, SDMC added.

“Six new persons-under-investigation (PUI) cases were reported and no PUIs are awaiting laboratory results,” it said.

The committee also said that 14 persons-under-surveillance (PUS) were checked into hotels today to undergo quarantine, bringing the total number of PUS at 11 hotels to 675, while 23,681 PUS had completed their quarantine period.

SDMC said that the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) issued three compound notices for non-compliance with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) — one each in Kuching, Betong and Sarikei.

On Ops Benteng, the committee said that 994 vehicles were inspected at six roadblocks in five districts — two in Lundu and one each in Bau, Serian, Sri Aman and Lubok Antu.