KUCHING: Sarawak recorded two Covid-19 cases on Tuesday (Sept 22), bringing the total number thus far to 703.

In its daily update statement, Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said the new cases were reported here and Bintulu, involving a local and an Indonesian.

“Case 702 is a local man from Serian who works at a construction site in Kuching. He was tested positive on Monday (Sept 21) after experiencing persistent cough on Sept 18.

“Case 703 is an Indonesian man, who came into Sarawak working at a ship company in Bintulu. He did not show any symptoms.”

Case 702 is categorised as local transmission as the man had no travel history.

“The case is still under further investigation. The case’s contact tracing activities are being actively carried out by health officers in Kuching and Serian.”

SDMC categorised Case 703 under import – having the virus in his home country before entering Sarawak.

“The man had undergone twice screening tests, whereby the first screening test using RTK Antigen recorded negative on Sept 12 upon entering Malaysia via Kuala Lumpur International Airport from Jakarta.

“He signed on at Bintulu Airport on Sept 12 and underwent rT-PCR screening on Sept 21. The swab test result was positive and he has been taken to Bintulu Hospital for treatment.”

There were eight new persons under investigation (PUI) recorded while none were awaiting laboratory results.

Four patients were being treatment while “as of Sept 22, there are no new recoveries and discharged cases, with the total cases at 680 or 97 per cent.”