Covid-19: Sarawak records four new cases on Thursday (July 23)

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  • Thursday, 23 Jul 2020

Some people wearing face masks at a pedestrian mall in Kuching, where the number of Covid-19 cases has been on the rise in recent days. - ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE / THE STAR

KUCHING: Sarawak reported four new Covid-19 cases on Thursday (July 23), including three related to existing clusters in the state.

The state disaster management committee said all four cases were reported in Kuching, bringing the state's tally of confirmed infections to 632.

It said three of the cases were detected from contact tracing of active clusters.

"The first case is a local vegetable trader at the Stutong market here. She underwent a Covid-19 test at a public health clinic on July 18 and was found to be positive on July 22.

"The second case is a female patient at the health facility involved in the Sentosa cluster. A swab was taken on July 21 and returned positive on July 23. This case will be transferred to the Sarawak General Hospital for treatment," the committee said in a statement.

It said the third case was a man who had close contact with the index case of the Kuching engineering cluster.

"His first PCR test on July 12 was negative. From a second test on July 21, the result came back positive on July 23," the committee said, adding that all three cases were asymptomatic.

With these new cases, the Stutong cluster now has seven cases, Kuching engineering cluster (three) and Sentosa cluster (eight).

The committee said the fourth new case involved a local woman who went for screening at a public health clinic on July 21 and was found to be positive on July 23.

"This case is also asymptomatic. The reason she went for screening is being investigated, as well as any contact with any clusters or other positive cases," it said.

The committee also said there were eight active clusters in the state. Besides the Stutong, Kuching engineering and Sentosa clusters, the other clusters did not record an increase in cases.

The Mambong cluster remained at five cases, Kuching medical centre and Jupiter clusters three each and Kuching jetty and Melbourne persons-under-investigation clusters at two each.

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