40 pct symptomatic cases in Kuching

Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: About 40 percent of the Covid-19 cases registered in Kuching were symptomatic, said Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

He pointed out that the percentage of the case is considerably high with the worldwide norm being 15 to 20 percent symptomatic cases.

“The worry is that there are still many in Kuching who are experiencing mild or no symptoms still wandering around and passing the infection.

“Don’t be deceived and complacent by the low number of cases in Kuching. There are new clusters in Kuching and Serian.

“Given the mobility and social networking for Kuching, Samarahan, Serian, the number (of potential Covid-19 cases) can spike quickly,” he said in a Facebook post last Thursday.

Dr Sim said residents in Kuching who might have been exposed to Covid-19 outbreak areas or has been to high risk areas must get themselves tested.

“Even if you have mild symptoms — loss of taste, sore throat, cough, or fever; please go to any of the Klinik Kesihatan around Kuching,” he said.

The Local Government and Housing Minister said those who have undergone Covid-19 swab test must remain at home as their samples are being tested.

“After PCR test, you should be under home quarantine till result is out. In case if you are positive, you won’t unknowingly pass infections to your family, your friends and your colleagues,” he said.

Dr Sim said the 170 new cases recorded on Thursday where patients were admitted to hospitals or Covid-19 quarantine and treatment centre is a reflection of the infections that occurred in the last fourteen days.

“Sarawak is still in containment phase of Covid-19.  Unlike West Malaysia and Sabah, they’ve given up containment and moved to the mitigation phase of Covid-19,” he said.