MIRI: A total of 43 Covid-19 patients under investigation (PUI) with acute respiratory ailments were detected in Miri on Tuesday (Nov 3).
In another development, a one-year-old baby girl was found positive with Covid-19 in the Lawas district, as well as both her parents who are in their mid-20s.
This baby is the youngest Covid-19 patient in Sarawak.
These are among the latest worrying developments emerging from the ongoing fight against the Covid-19 pandemic in Sarawak.
The State Disaster Relief Management Committee, in its updates Wednesday (Nov 4), reported a very high number of PUI, in addition to the 21 new Covid-19 positive patients detected Tuesday.
There were 66 new PUI recorded throughout Sarawak on Tuesday, with 43 in Miri alone.
PUI are defined by the Health Ministry as patients with temperatures of 38°C and with symptoms of pneumonia or acute respiratory ailments.
Every PUI will be subjected to heath tests to determine if they are Covid-19 positive.
Out of the 66 PUIs recorded in Sarawak Tuesday, 43 were in Miri, 15 in Kuching, Lundu (3), Lawas (3), Sibu (1), and Sri Aman (1).
The year-old baby girl tested positive for Covid-19, along with her parents when they passed through the Lawas border from Sabah.
The mother is a teacher at a vocational school in Sabah.
The baby and her parents are being transported to the Miri Hospital to be warded in the Covid-19 isolation ward, as Lawas Hospital does not have the facilities needed to treat positive cases.
In the meantime, the Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department and local authorities are intensifying their sanitisation of public places.
In Miri, they carried out a total of 15 rounds of sanitisation operations on Tuesday.
Sarawak, like the rest of Malaysia, is battling the a wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.