Sarawak reports two new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday (Sept 22)

KUCHING: Sarawak reported two new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday (Sept 22) after four days of zero cases, bringing the state's tally of confirmed infections to 703.

The state disaster management committee said one of the cases involved a Sarawakian construction worker from Serian who was working in Kuching.

"He started coughing on Sept 18 and was found to be positive for Covid-19 while getting treatment at a private hospital in Kuching on Sept 21. He was referred to the Sarawak General Hospital on the same day for further treatment," the committee said in a statement.

The case is classified as a local transmission as the patient has no history of travelling overseas or to other states in Malaysia.

Investigations are ongoing and active contact tracing is being carried out by the Kuching and Serian divisional health offices based on the patient's movements.

"With the report of this locally transmitted case, Kuching district is now a yellow zone again. The other 39 districts in Sarawak remain green zones," the committee said.

Yellow zones are areas with one to 40 local transmissions in the last 14 days.

The committee said the second new case was an imported case involving an Indonesian worker who travelled from Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur on Sept 12.

His rapid antigen test at KLIA2 returned negative and he flew to Bintulu on the same day.

While undergoing the mandatory 14-day quarantine in Bintulu, his second PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test on Sept 21 came back positive and he was admitted to Bintulu Hospital the same day.

"The case is asymptomatic and contact tracing is ongoing," the committee said.

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