Bario community on the alert after villager tests positive

A health team flying to Bario highlands from Miri to carry out Covid-19 tests.

MIRI: Communities in the Bario highlands of northernmost Sarawak are on the alert after one of its villagers tested positive for Covid-19.

These communities from the minority Kelabit ethnic group have been told to cooperate with health teams who are being deployed to the mountainous settlements.

Rurum Kelabit Association president Dr Philip Raja has called on communities there to impose their own lockdown.

“A community member from Kampung Padalih (one of the settlements in the Bario highlands) has tested positive for Covid-19 while he was in Kuala Lumpur en route to Iraq for work with an oil and gas company.

“The association was in touch with him and found that he was in his Kampung Padalih house from Sept 16 to 21.

“He then drove to Miri and stayed at his family house there in Permyjaya housing estate from Sept 21 to 25.

“He drove back to Kampung Padalih on Sept 25 and stayed there until Sept 28 before driving to Miri and flying off to KL International Airport on Sept 29, ” said Dr Philip.

After that, he was tested for Covid-19 and found positive on Oct 1. He is now under isolation at Sungai Buloh Hospital.

“Health teams are flying in to carry out contact tracing and health screening, ” he added.

Kampung Padalih is about 10 hours by timber road from Miri.

In Miri, health teams were also carrying out contact tracing, according to a statement by the State Disaster Relief Management Committee.

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