KUCHING: The state task force on Covid-19 has prepared an action plan in an effort to reduce positive cases in Sarawak.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the first action to be taken was to identify all close contacts of Covid-19 positive cases that had not been screened.

“This is to ensure that they come forward for the screening test as soon as possible,” he said yesterday.

He said the team would carry out tracking and identification of all contacts in Kuching division first, which has been declared a red zone.

Officers from the State Health Department will call the identified contacts beginning today (April 20), and instruct them on what they need to do next, he said.

To date, the State Health Department has identified 6,022 contacts in Kuching Division. Of these, 3,538 people have undergone screening, while 2,484 others have yet to undergo screening test,” he said.

Uggah, who is also State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman, said it was important for all these contacts to be screened in order to break the chain of infection and to give a positive impact in flattening the curve.

“All those who have not yet been tested will be contacted and asked to come for the screening test.

“It is our hope that all contacts identified will cooperate and follow all the instructions,” he said.

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