All hands on deck to prevent Covid-19 second wave

Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: Sarawakians have been reminded to not be complacent following a surge in Covid-19 cases in the state as of late.

Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said all hands must be on deck to prevent a second wave of Covid-19 infection, and avoid a second lockdown, which occurred in other parts of the world and most recently in Beijing.

“We have four new cases on Thursday — two locals and two Indonesians. One was obtained from a local elder as part of the standard operating procedure (SOP) before surgery.

“Another was a young patient who travelled a lot but had a PCR swab done as a precaution. With aggressive contact tracing, it would be a surprise if we don’t have any person under investigation (PUI) that turned positive from the two cases,” he said.

Dr Sim said he had advised the Sarawak Health Department on systematic community surveillance, adding that early treatment saved lives and would prevent more people from being infected.

On the two Indonesians who were tested positive for Covid-19, he said they were detected when obtaining their work permit.

“Unfortunately, and understandably the poor couple have gone missing, it is not just the police but each one of us must help to bring them to hospital.

“Every Sarawakian must help to do your part and play your role by downloading contact tracing mobile application so that we can quickly contain and break the Covid-19 transmission,” he said in a Facebook post late Thursday.