KUCHING: Sarawak recorded six new positive Covid-19 cases in Kuching on Sunday (July 19), bringing the total number of positive cases in the state to 607.

According to the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), Case 602 is a local woman working as a medical staff in Kuching. She had been showing mild symptoms since July 13.

“The case underwent a screening at Borneo Medical Centre (BMC) Kuching because she planned to travel to Pulau Pinang.

“Her rT-PCR swab test returned positive for Covid-19 on July 18. Tracing of close contacts and investigations are ongoing,” SDMC said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Case 603 is a foreign man from Indonesia working in a fishing vessel together with Case 584 which was reported on July 15. He was screened on July 18 at Klinik Kesihatan Tanah Puteh and found positive for the virus on the same day.

Case 604 involved a male teacher from Kedah returning for duty in Sarawak on July 1 and had been on quarantine ever since. He did not show any symptoms and underwent random screening on July 17 before his result returned positive.

Case 605 was a close contact and a younger sibling to Case 589 which was reported on July 17.

SDMC further revealed that the last two cases, 606 and 607, were among the visitors who underwent random screening when entering Sarawak via Kuching International Airport (KIA). 

“Case 606 is a Malaysian male while Case 607 is a Malaysian female from Kedah who were instructed to undergo screening on July 17.

“Both cases did not show any symptoms. Contact tracing and investigations are underway,” SDMC added.

It also revealed that there was no new recovery case, bringing the total number of Covid-19 cases which have recovered and discharged to 554, or 91.27 percent.

“At present, there are 35 cases undergoing treatment at isolation wards in hospitals. The total Covid-19 deaths in Sarawak remain at 18 or 2.97 percent,” SDMC said.

Apart from that, 19 new persons under investigation (PUI) cases were reported while five cases were still awaiting laboratory results.

Source: State Health Department