KUALA LUMPUR, August 7 — One new Covid-19 case was reported today in Sarawak, involving a local man who returned to Malaysia from Cairo, Egypt.
The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said the student, who did not show symptoms, tested negative with the antigen rapid test kit in Kuala Lumpur on August 2, but later tested positive for Covid-19 after he was swabbed for an RT-PCR test in Sarawak on August 3.
The student was immediately sent to hotel quarantine for 14-day quarantine upon landing in Sarawak and was admitted to hospital on August 6 after test results from the National Public Health Laboratory in Sungai Buloh, Selangor, that day showed positive.
SMDC also reported that active clusters remained at 10, involving 70 cases from the Kuching Engineering cluster (eight), Mambong cluster (seven), Sarawak Medical Centre cluster (three), Jupiter cluster (three), Stutong market cluster (seven), Kuching Jetty cluster (two), Sentosa Hospital cluster (three), Melbourne PUI cluster (three), Kuching construction company cluster (two), and Satok market cluster (four).
“Five cases have recovered and were allowed to be discharged from the Sarawak General Hospital today, making the total number of positive Covid-19 cases that have recovered and allowed to be discharged to date at 626 people or 92.16 percent,” SDMC stated.
It was also reported that 34 people are still being treated in an isolated ward. No new death was recorded in Sarawak today; the total Covid-19 death toll in Sarawak stays at 19.
Lanang MP Alice Lau Kiong Yieng, on July 22 at the Dewan Rakyat, urged the government to release data on false-negative Covid-19 results from the antigen rapid test kit.
SDMC previously revealed that seven cases had tested negative on the antigen rapid test at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), but later tested positive on the gold-standard PCR test upon landing in Sarawak.