Mobile units deployed to screen workers for Covid-19

  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 29 Aug 2020

Plantation workers are among those being screened for Covid-19.

MIRI: Mobile units from the state health department are being deployed to construction sites and plantations, including in rural districts, to carry out Covid-19 screening among local and foreign workers.

This is part of efforts to battle the second wave of Covid-19 infections in Sarawak.

In Miri, these mobile units have so far entered 59 construction sites and 37 plantations, according to the latest updates from the state disaster management committee.

“Statewide, 155 construction sites have been covered so far by these Covid-19 health screening units.

“For the plantation sector, 86 sites have been covered.

“Both local and foreign workers are being screened,” said the committee.

The first round of tests found one positive case among these workers so far in Samarahan Division in southern Sarawak.

In the meantime, Bintulu Hospital in northern Sarawak has overtaken Sarawak General Hospital in Kuching as the hospital in the state with the most number of Covid-19 positive patients.

This follows the recent new cases that emerged among the crew of the Seri Alam oil tanker that docked in Bintulu Port following a trip to Japan.

Bintulu Hospital now has nine Covid-19 positive cases, Sarawak General Hospital four while Miri Hospital and Sibu Hospital have one each.

Sarawak has seen 19 deaths so far from the Covid-19 pandemic.

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