Always be on alert, public told

Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: Sarawakians are reminded to be vigilant at all times to prevent unwanted spike in Covid-19 cases here.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian expressed worry on the ongoing transmission of the virus in Bukit Mabong, one of the last green areas in the state.

“Every one of us must be vigilant and on high alert as Bukit Mabong can turn from a green zone to a red zone in a matter of days,” he said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

Last Sunday, it was reported the Putai Cluster, which had emerged in the district, was traced to a construction site involving workers of a hydroelectric dam construction project at Putai, Ulu Baleh.

It was reported that as of Tuesday, out of 950 tested in the Putai Cluster, 308 were found Covid-19 positive, 577 were negative and 65 were categorised as persons under investigation.

“Sarawak is very big and medical resources are difficult in many places. Not just equipment but manpower, especially in crisis time that the world is facing now,” Dr Sim said.

He said for Kuching, the committee had held many meetings and is hoping for the best while at the same time preparing for the worst.

“We have to understand that vaccination alone cannot eliminate Covid-19 but it will reduce the transmission, severity of cases, death toll and provide breathing space for our healthcare resources,” he said.