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MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE STATE DISASTER MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE  ON NOVEL CORONAVIRUS SITUATION IN SARAWAK SATURDAY

Eleven (11) new Patients Under Investigation (PUI) cases for the novel coronavirus(2019-nCoV) were recorded in the State by 10.30am today. The Sibu Hospital has the highest number at nine (9) followed by one (1) each at the Sarawak General Hospital in Kuching and the Miri Hospital. Yesterday only six (6) were recorded. The cumulative PUI cases in the State from January 10 until yesterday stood at 57. 

However of the total, 36 cases had tested negative. The balance of 21 (which include the 11 new cases today) are awaiting laboratory testing result. In all Malaysian nationals at 42 contribute to the biggest number of the PUI cases, followed by 13 Chinese nationals and one (1) Thai and one (1) Indonesian national. 

Meanwhile, the State Health Department has screened 5,876 arrivals at the various air, sea and land entry points to the State yesterday until 11am. From 2 February until yesterday, some 52,203 arrivals to the State had been screened.

The Health Department meanwhile is again advising everyone to observe the highest standard of health through the following measures.

1. People must cover their mouth and nose with tissue papers when coughing or sneezing. The used papers must be disposed of in rubbish bin.

2. People must wash their hands with soap or hand sanitizer after coughing or sneezing.

3. Such proper coughing or sneezing etiquette or habit must be observed at all times. 

4. People are advised to use face mask when communicating with others.

5. People must take care of their personal cleanliness at all times.

The department also advises those who fell sick with fever, coughing and difficulty in breathing within 14 days after visiting China to report to the nearest hospitals. They should inform the doctors attending to them of their travelling history. All doctors whether they are from Government hospitals or clinic and those in the private practice must notify the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) of the 

State Health Department immediately if they come across any suspected case. They can do this by emailing to cprc_sarawak@moh.gov.my or call their telephone number 082-443248.

SECRETARIAT

STATE DISASTER MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE,

SARAWAK

08 FEBRUARY 2020






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