Kuching Reports Two Sporadic Covid-19 Cases, Sarawak Clarifies Miri Sauh Cluster

Lubok Antu turns green today; Kuching and Bintulu remain yellow with 13 and four local coronavirus cases reported respectively within the past fortnight.

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 23 — Covid-19 cases from the new Sauh cluster involving Sarawak were previously reported in Miri and Daro, the state government said, as it reported two new community cases in Kuching today.

Yesterday, the Ministry of Health (MOH) reported a new cluster, Sauh cluster, involving the districts of Kota Kinabalu and Papar in Sabah, as well as Miri in Sarawak. The index cases were Patient 16,540 and Patient 17,508. Patient 17,508 was detected during a symptomatic screening on October 13 and admitted to Miri Hospital.

Sarawak’s state disaster management committee (SDMC) clarified today that this patient reported by MOH in Miri was actually Sarawak Covid-19 Patient 753, whose case was reported and admitted to Miri Hospital on October 14. Following that, two additional cases were reported from this cluster — one case in Daro and one case in Miri.

The case in Daro, Sarawak Patient 734, was reported on October 9 and admitted to Sibu Hospital, while the other case, Sarawak Patient 758, was reported on October 15 and treated in Miri Hospital.

A total of 25 individuals who were screened from this cluster in Sarawak were detected negative.

Sarawak currently has a total of 772 Covid-19 cases reported as of today, including two new sporadic Covid-19 cases in the state capital of Kuching.

Sarawak Patient 771 is a Malaysian man who was detected positive with Covid-19 upon going for self-screening at a private hospital on October 22 after experiencing difficulty in sleeping. Sarawak Patient 772 is a Chinese national who underwent screening at a private hospital on the same date before returning to her country of origin.

Both Kuching cases did not have a history of overseas travel or visits to high-risk Covid-19 areas, or contact with confirmed coronavirus cases. Health authorities are investigating the sources of their transmission.

Currently, Sarawak has 32 active Covid-19 cases, none receiving treatment in the intensive care unit and no new death cases reported.

The district of Lubok Antu was declared green today, having recorded zero new local infections in the past 14 days. Kuching and Bintulu remained yellow, with 13 and four local coronavirus cases reported respectively within the past fortnight. Authorities’ 14-day coloured moving charts exclude inter-district and imported cases.

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