KUCHING: Bintulu District today has been downgraded from green to yellow zone after one new positive Covid-19 case was recorded from there.
This makes it the 557th positive case in Sarawak so far after the state recorded zero cases for five consecutive days.
According to the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) secretariat, the new case was detected on a Mukah public higher learning institution student who went home in Bintulu last March.
The female student was tested positive following a directive from SDMC to screen all higher learning institution students coming back to their respective hometowns.
Initial investigation found that the student received visits from several relatives during Hari Raya last month.
Efforts are being made by the Bintulu Health Office to track down all close contacts of the student, while the source of her infection is being investigated.
Now there are four districts in the yellow zone, with Bintulu joining Kuching, Samarahan and Simunjan.
Other 36 districts in Sarawak are still classified as green zones.
No new recovery and discharged cases were recorded today, while 19 new persons-under-investigation (PUI) cases were recorded, with 24 still waiting for their lab test results.
To date, there are seven active cases being treated where six are in the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) while one is the student at Bintulu Hospital.
The death toll for Sarawak remains at 17.
SDMC also recorded 22 new persons-under-surveillance (PUS) cases today, making a total of 749 of them being quarantined at 14 hotels across the state.
In Kuching there are 190 PUS cases, 307 in Miri, 45 in Bintulu, 16 in Limbang, and 191 in Sibu.
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