KUCHING: Sarawak recorded one new Covid-19 case on Thursday (Oct 22), bringing the total number of positive cases in the state to 770.

According to the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), the case involved a local senior citizen who tested positive following a screening test upon entry to the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH).

The case was also a close contact to Case 768, which was an index case detected on Oct 18 through symptomatic screening test.

“Case 770 underwent the screening test on Oct 18 and the result came back negative the next day.

“However, the case complained about fever and having cough since Oct 14 before being admitted to SGH on Wednesday (Oct 21).

“Upon her entry, she underwent a reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (rT-PCR) swab test and was found positive for the virus today (Oct 22),” it said in a statement.

SDMC also mentioned that the case had a medical history of diabetes, high blood pressure and dyslipidemia.

Contact tracing and further investigation for this case are still ongoing.

There were nine new recovery and discharged cases – all from SGH, bringing the number of recoveries and discharged cases to 718 or 93.25 per cent.

With the addition of one case today (Oct 22), there are 33 cases still receiving treatment at hospitals — 19 in isolation wards at Sarawak General Hospital, as well as seven each at Miri Hospital and Bintulu Hospital.

The death toll in the state remains at 19 or 2.47 percent as no deaths were reported.

Meanwhile, two new person-under-investigation (PUI) cases were reported with none awaiting laboratory test result.

As of today (Oct 22), Sarawak still has two active clusters – Bah Arnab Cluster (Kuching) and Putra Cluster (Bintulu).

Kuching, Bintulu and Lubok Antu are yellow zones at present, while 37 other districts in the state remained as green zones.