Covid-19: Health teams have tested 172,703 people in S'wak to date


MIRI: The Sarawak Health Department has carried out Covid-19 tests on 172,703 people so far in its battle to contain the pandemic in this vast state.

The samples were taken from contact-tracing of close contacts of positive cases as well as random testing among the public.

The State Disaster Relief Management Committee said, in its latest updates, that the number of Covid-19 positive cases in Sarawak as of Saturday (Nov 22) was 1,055.

There are still 56 positive cases in Kuching and eight cases in Miri which are being treated in isolation wards at hospitals, said the committee.

To date, 19 deaths from Covid-19 have been recorded in Sarawak, it said.

The Health Department is also continuing with contact-tracing of positive patients in Kuching and Miri.

In Miri, health teams are going around in housing estates and even commercial centres to carry out on-the-spot samplings.

In Miri city centre, an oil and gas employee tested positive on Friday (Nov 20) during a random test in an office in a commercial centre.

The health teams are also carrying out checks at construction sites, industrial areas, eateries and hotels and other public places.

These daily checks are being carried out with help from the enforcement authorities like the police, local councils, RELA units and others.

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