99 percent of cases will recover

Dr Sim Kui Hian Covid
Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: About 99 percent of the Covid-19 cases in Sarawak recorded recently will make full recovery due to the high vaccination rate in the state.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the cases were being classified as non-severe infections.

“Despite the current spread of the Delta variant, 99.9 percent of the cases are in Category 1 with no symptoms and Category 2 which only has mild symptoms.

“This is the clinical impact of the high vaccination rate in Sarawak,” he said in a Facebook post.

Dr Sim said the state’s medical experts would assess on whether it was suitable and appropriate for these patients to be placed under home quarantine, monitoring and treatment.

“Although 99 percent of these cases will recover due the high vaccination rate, but the high number of cases may still potentially pose a challenge to hospitals and intensive care unit beds for Category 3 to 5 cases,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Local Government and Housing Minister reminded Sarawakians to not panic, but remain on high alert as well as in solidarity to curb the spread of Covid-19.

He said the people should support each other in the state’s anti-pandemic fight and not resort to politicking or misleading one another through fake news.

Dr Sim said everyone needed to play their role and do their parts in upholding the standard operating procedures (SOPs) even after receiving two doses of Covid-19 vaccines.

He added non-pharmaceutical interventions such as wearing face masks, social distancing and maintaining personal hygiene would have to be practised as well.

As of Aug 21, 84.1 percent of the eligible population in Sarawak have been vaccinated with two doses of Covid-19 vaccines.

A total of 3.55 million vaccine doses have been administered in Sarawak to its residents since Feb this year.