Wednesday, December 1

Covid-19: Sarawak records 15 new PUI cases today


KUCHING: The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) person-under-investigation (PUI) cases took a drastic turn today when 15 new cases, two of which involved Vietnamese nationals, were recorded in the state.

A statement from the State Disaster Management Committee said that eight of the cases were recorded at the Sarawak General Hospital, six at Bintulu Hospital and one at Sibu Hospital.

With these new cases, Sarawak has a cumulative total of 148 cases as of Jan 10.

The majority, at 119 cases, are Malaysians, while 22 are Chinese nationals. Two are Vietnamese, one Thai, one Indonesian, one Pakistani, one Canadian and one Australian.

However, 134 cases including one of the 15 new cases today tested negative, while 14 cases are awaiting laboratory test results.

As of yesterday, the Health Department had screened 19,660 arrivals to the state at various airports, land and sea entry points to bring the total numbers to 309,663 since February 1 this year.

Meanwhile, state Health Department director Dr Chin Zin Hing has advised those intending to visit Covid-19 affected countries such as China, South Korea, Japan, Italy and Iran to postpone their trips for now.

Members of the public are also advised to practise the highest standard of personal hygiene at all times.