Accept changes amidst post-vaccination surge

Dr Sim Covid
Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: The people need to adapt to the new norms amid the surge in Covid-19 cases due to the Delta variant.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said unless the public can play their roles and accept the changes as advised by the medical experts, the case numbers will continue to be high.

“No matter how many PCR swabs, enhanced movement control orders (EMCO), home quarantine, restrictions, and vaccinations, unless each one of us play our roles and do our part, the numbers will not decrease anytime soon. 

“(The people must) readily accept change in post vaccination Delta era and the endemic phase where self-testing, self-monitoring and self-quarantine is increased as per the advice of our medical experts,” he said in a Facebook post.

Dr Sim said there was pressing need to lower the Covid-19 daily cases in the state and cut the transmission.

“Though we are relieved that the number of severe cases in Categories 3, 4 and 5 and deaths in Sarawak are among the lowest in Malaysia, we still need to get the new cases down.

“This is to ensure that the numbers will not overwhelm (our healthcare system) and cause the collapse our intensive care units (ICUs) and hospital resources,” he said.

Dr Sim also added that lowering the Covid-19 cases must be a collective effort of all and not depend on a single individual.

“We can’t do anything on today’s numbers as it reflects the local community transmission in the last 14 days but we need your help and I am confident that if we do it together, we can make a difference in the next 14 days,” he said.

Meanwhile, he urged the people to get themselves, family members and acquaintances vaccinated, practise personal hygiene, practise double masking and wear face shields as well as reduce physical interactions with those not living with them.

He said parents should get themselves vaccinated to protect their unvaccinated children, wear face mask correctly and be responsible when in public places to avoid being infected.