The Sarawak Immigration Department had refused entry to a total of 42 visitors at its visitor arrival screening from February 1 until 7 am this morning. The screenings were done at the Kuching International Airport, the Sibu, Bintulu, Miri and Mulu Airports and at the ICQS at Biawak, Sungai Tujoh and Mengkalap.

Of the total, 22 were Chinese nationals (10 males and 12 females), seven (7) from Hong Kong, six (6) from Indonesia, four (4) from Brunei and one (1) each from Great Britain, Japan and Singapore. They were refused entry as their passports showed they had been to China within the last 14 days.

Meanwhile the State Health Department had recorded six (6) new patients Under Investigation (PUI) cases by 10.30 am today. Meanwhile five (5) are at the Sarawak General Hospital and one (1) at the Bintulu Hospital. The new cases bring it to 46 cumulative PUI cases from January 10 and until this morning in the state. However, 34 cases had tested negative for infection while laboratory results are still pending for the 12 which include the latest six cases.

The Health Department meanwhile has advised the people to observe the highest standard of health through the following measures:

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

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

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

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

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 nearest hospitals. They should inform the doctors attending to them of their travelling history.

All doctors whether they are from government hospital or clinic and those in the private practice they 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 or call its telephone number 082-443248.