Authorities worry over sporadic cases

Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: The health authorities are worried over sporadic Covid-19 cases registered in Sarawak of late, said Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

“What we are worried is a lot of sporadic cases are not linked to known clusters, which means (Covid-19) is widespread in the community. 

“If that happens, then we may no longer be in the containment phase and have to move on to the mitigation phase like in Malaya and Sabah,” he said.

He was commenting on the 166 Covid-19 cases recorded in Sarawak on Wednesday — the state’s daily record high to-date.

“When I first saw the report, I almost had a heart attack not because of the large number of cases from Pasai cluster but the 32 unrelated cases in Miri.

“When presented with numbers, we must be able to analyse, interpret and predict. I was relieved to find out that most of the 32 are from the contact tracing of close contacts,” he said.

Dr Sim said while a majority of positive Covid-19 cases are asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic, they can still pass on the virus to others without strict quarantine.

“Those newly infected by the asymptomatic may become the 20 percent symptomatic with five percent requiring intensive care unit (ICU) with 0.5 percent fatality.

“But if the situation worsens with more positive cases, and not having enough hospital facilities, we can expect the death rate to increase rapidly,” he said.

Dr Sim said the onus was on everyone to help the authorities in tracing, testing and isolating Covid-19 cases to flatten the fourth wave of the virus which is more dangerous than the first three waves.

“Let’s stay focused and seriously play your role and do your part. That is the only way for us to fight the war against Covid-19,” he said.