6 July 2020
Sarawak reported one new Covid-19 case on Monday (July 6), breaking a run of seven straight days without new infections.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said the latest case was a Sarawakian student who recently returned from Britain to Bintulu.
He said the 22-year-old student arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on July 1 and flew back to Bintulu on July 3, where she was taken to a hotel to be quarantined.
“She was screened on July 4 and found to be positive,” he said at the state disaster management committee’s briefing here Monday (July 6).
This brings the tally of confirmed cases in Sarawak to 572.
In view of recent imported cases in the state, Uggah said all those entering Sarawak from overseas will be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival.
He said they would also be screened using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, even if their rapid test kit (RTK) results at KLIA returned negative.
“At KLIA, they will be screened using RTK while the PCR test is done randomly.
“For Sarawak, we have decided that although the RTK test is negative, we will still carry out PCR tests for those returning from overseas.
“Upon arriving in Sarawak, they will be brought to a hotel for quarantine and the PCR test will be taken on the second day.
“If they test negative, they will be issued a wristband and allowed to continue the rest of their quarantine at home. A second PCR test will be taken on the 10th day,” Uggah said, adding that the move was aimed at detecting imported cases in the state.
Separately, he announced that spas, wellness centres, foot massage and reflexology centres in Sarawak were now allowed to open subject to standard operating procedures (SOPs).
“The SOPs have been released by the Local Government and Housing Ministry and take effect immediately,” he said.
Among others, operators must notify the committee if they wish to reopen. They must also carry out temperature checks for staff and customers, provide protective equipment such as face shields and gloves for therapists or masseurs and clean the premises and massage equipment after each customer.