S'wakian oil and gas engineer tests positive for Covid-19

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 08 Jul 2020

KUCHING: Sarawak reported another new imported Covid-19 case on Wednesday (July 8), bringing the state's tally of confirmed infections to 573.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said the latest case was a Sarawakian oil and gas engineer working in Saudi Arabia who returned to Sibu on July 4.

He said the man arrived at KL International Airport on July 3 and tested negative using the antigen rapid test kit (RTK).

"When he arrived in Sibu the following day, he was immediately taken to a hotel to be quarantined. A swab was taken for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on July 6 and the result came back positive on July 7.

"He did not show any symptoms of Covid-19 and was admitted to Sibu Hospital on July 7 for treatment," Uggah said at the state disaster management committee's briefing here.

He said this was the fifth case of Sarawakians returning from overseas in recent days whose RTK results at KLIA were negative but who subsequently tested positive from PCR tests after arriving in the state.

"Our policy requires them to undergo a PCR test when they arrive in Sarawak. The test will be taken on the second or third day. During that time they will be quarantined in a hotel.

"We will allow them to continue their quarantine at home if the PCR test is negative. A second PCR test will be taken on the 10th day," he said.

Meanwhile, Uggah also announced that all districts in Sarawak were now green zones after no local transmissions of Covid-19 were detected in the last 14 days.

The last local case was reported in Kuching on June 24.

Sarawak classifies green zones as districts with no Covid-19 cases in the last 14 days. The status does not include imported cases.

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