Covid-19: S'wak records one death on April 2


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  • Thursday, 02 Apr 2020

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah giving a daily media briefing on the Covid-19 situation in Sarawak. - ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE / THE STAR

KUCHING: The Covid-19 outbreak claimed another life in Sarawak on Thursday (April 2), bringing the number of fatalities in the state to nine.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah (pic) said the latest victim was a man from Kuching who died at the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) here.

He said Sarawak recorded 23 new positive cases on Thursday, of which 21 were being treated at SGH and two at Sibu Hospital.

The total number of confirmed cases in Sarawak is now 211 since the first positive cases were reported on March 13.

Uggah also said 91 new persons-under-investigation (PUI) were detected, bringing the cumulative total to 1,379. Of this, 1,082 have tested negative while 86 are waiting for lab results.

On the new 10km limit for travel to purchase food, medicine and daily necessities and to seek healthcare, Uggah said police would give consideration to rural folk in Sarawak.

"We brought up this issue to the state police commissioner in our meeting today and he agreed that consideration will be given to rural folk who have to go beyond 10km to a hospital, clinic or pharmacy," he said in his daily media briefing.

Uggah also said anyone arriving in Sarawak, whether by land, sea or air, will be placed in a government quarantine centre for 14 days instead of undergoing self-quarantine at home.

He said the directive, which comes into effect on April 5, was in line with the Federal Government's ruling that all Malaysians returning from abroad will be immediately quarantined for 14 days in a quarantine centre.

"We notice that a lot of our cases are imported cases, so we hope we can contain the situation through this requirement," he said.

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