KUCHING: Sarawak has recorded the highest number of new person-under-investigation (PUI) cases for the Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19) virus today, with a total of 76 cases as of 10.30am.
Of the new cases, 48 cases were recorded at the Sarawak General Hospital, 18 cases in Miri, six cases in Mukah, two cases in Lawas as well as one case in Sibu and Bintulu hospitals each.
With the new cases, Sarawak has recorded a total of 338 PUI cases since Jan 10, out of which 240 cases have tested negative while 95 cases still awaiting laboratory test results.
Three patients in Kuching have so far tested positive for Covid-19 in the state.
State Disaster Management Committee chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah stated two of the positive patients attended a “Ijtimak” religious gathering held at Sri Petaling Mosque in Kuala Lumpur from Feb 28 to March 1, while the third confirmed case is a family member.
In total, there are currently 59 patients classified as PUI in Sarawak General Hospital, 18 in Miri, six in Mukah, five each in Bintulu and Lawas and two in Sibu hospital.
The state health department has screened 15,684 arrivals to the state at all its airports, sea and land entry points until 11am today, with a total of 473,154 arrivals screened since Feb 1.
Meanwhile, the state health department had tracked 236 participants attending the “Ijtimak” religious gathering in Sri Petaling Mosque and still tracking the remaining participants.
Among the participants tracked, 173 people have been put under home surveillance, comprising Kuching with 22 people, Samarahan (57), Sibu (21), Kapit (1). Serian (8), Miri (11), Bintulu (29), Betong (7), Mukah (14) and Sri Aman (3).
Sixty-three participants attending the activity are classified as PUI, consisting of Kuching with six patients, Samaharan (3), Sibu (5), Sarikei (3), Serian (1), Miri (18), Limbang (26) and Mukah (1).
Housing and Local Government Minister Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian reportedly said the state health department is searching for another 200 people attending the religious gathering.
The State Disaster Management Committee assures the public that the state health department is well-prepared to face any eventuality arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Quarantine centres have been set up in Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu and Miri and they are ready for operation.
Meanwhile, the State Disaster Management Committee seeks the cooperation of the public not to share unverified news or fake news pertaining the Covid-19 through social message platforms, social media or print media.
“Any latest official updates or information pertaining to Covid-19 will be issued by the State Disaster Management Committee,” said the committee’s secretariat.
For further enquiries, members of the public can contact the committee operation room at 082-443 991.