Those feeling ill after coming from Covid-19 high-risk areas should be tested, says Sarawak health director

KUCHING: Individuals who feel unwell after visiting Covid-19 high-risk areas in Sarawak are urged to get themselves screened and tested at the nearest public health clinic or private hospital.

State health director Dr Chin Zin Hing said those who had travelled to Sri Aman, Betong, Sibu, Kanowit, Dalat, Miri, Beluru and Sebauh to visit family and friends or attend events like weddings and funerals should come forward for Covid-19 screening.

"If they are ill and experience symptoms such as cough, fever, a sore throat, a loss of taste or smell and fatigue after travelling to these districts in the last two weeks, they should get screened," he said in a statement on Tuesday (Jan 26).

Individuals who become unwell and show symptoms after being visited by friends or family members who had travelled to the high-risk districts should also go for screening, he said.

In view of the many positive cases detected in longhouses, Dr Chin also advised longhouse folk to get tested at the nearest health clinic if they feel unwell or experience symptoms.

"Your cooperation is greatly needed to help break the chain of transmission," he said.

As of Monday (Jan 25), six districts in Sarawak are categorised as Covid-19 red zones.

Bintulu was the latest district to turn red after reporting 46 local transmissions in the last 14 days.

Kanowit, Beluru, Miri, Sibu and Kuching are the other red zones with a total of 1,578 locally transmitted cases in the last 14 days.

Subis, Dalat, Betong, Song and Sebauh are orange zones while 18 other districts in the state are yellow zones.

Red zones are districts with 41 or more local transmissions in the last 14 days, orange zones with 21 to 40, yellow zones one to 20 and green zones zero.

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