KUCHING: Sarawak reported one new Covid-19 case in Kuching on Thursday (July 16), taking the state's tally of confirmed cases to 584.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah (pic) said the latest case was a foreign crew member of a fishing vessel here who underwent a health check and Covid-19 test on Wednesday (July 15).
"The result of the test came back positive on the same day.
"The man has been admitted to the Sarawak General Hospital for treatment.
"He does not have any symptoms," he said at the state disaster management committee's briefing here on Thursday (July 16).
Uggah said the case was classified as local transmission as the man did not have any overseas travel history.
"The last time he went back to his country of origin was in 2016. Contact tracing involving his co-workers is ongoing," he said.
Uggah also said the Health Ministry had identified a new cluster in the state known as the “Mambong cluster” after two persons working in the area were reported as positive cases on Wednesday (July 15).
He said 131 close contacts of the cluster had been traced so far, comprising 86 co-workers, 22 family members and 23 casual contacts.
"So far, 68 samples have been taken for testing, and the remaining 63 will have their samples taken in the next one to two days," he said.
On the Kuching engineering cluster, which also involved two positive cases, Uggah said 187 close contacts had been traced, including 130 co-workers and 33 family members.
"All 187 tested negative. However, they must still be quarantined for 14 days and be tested again on the 10th day," he said.
Uggah also said the state Health Department was conducting random testing in several locations in Kuching following the death of a Covid-19 patient last Saturday (July 11).
He said 217 initial screenings were conducted at the Stutong Community Market on Thursday.
"Of this number, two persons showed symptoms and 56 samples were taken for tests," he said.
He added that screening would be carried out at the Green Road market on Friday as the location had been visited by another positive case.
"In addition to this, we will extend our random testing, and the Health Department will go to major markets in Kuching within the next two weeks.
"Later on, we will announce the other areas we want to do sampling to see if there is any spread of the disease in these particular areas," Uggah said.