Nearly 2,500 Close Contacts In Sarawak Haven’t Been Tested For Covid-19

By CodeBlue | 20 April 2020

Taskforce to compel those refusing to take tests.

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KUALA LUMPUR, April 20 – A total of 2,484 close contacts of positive coronavirus patients in Kuching, Sarawak, have yet to undergo health screenings, according to the state’s Covid-19 task force.

The State Disaster Relief Management Committee said that starting today, the task force, with the help of the State Health Department, will call each of the 2,484 close contacts to undergo screening.

“The task force is giving number one priority to tracing and getting those people to undergo immediate tests to determine if they are infected or not,” said the committee, according to The Star.

“This is a top priority in efforts to reduce Covid-19 infections. Until today, 3,538 close contacts of Covid-19 positive patients had been sent for tests in Kuching.

“Kuching has the highest number of infections in the state,” said the committee.

The close contacts must undergo screenings without delay. If they refuse, stricter measures will be taken.”

Former state health directors, Dr Jamilah Hashim and Dr Andrew Kiyu, were appointed by state authorities to run the task force to curb the outbreak of the disease in Sarawak.

Sarawak has reported 14 deaths from Covid-19 and more than 400 cases so far. The state capital of Kuching reported 260 total coronavirus infections as of yesterday, including 220 active infectious cases.

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