KUCHING: The huge spike in Covid-19 positive cases in the state recently shows that the battle against the virus is far from over and that more needs to be done.
This sentiment was echoed by State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian in a Facebook post last Friday.
“No matter how many policies and fines enforced, without united effort and solidarity, we will not win the war against Covid-19 even with vaccination unless we practise the new normal and the standard operating procedures (SOPs),” he said.
New Sarawak Tribune spoke to members of the public regarding this and many have heeded the advice from the government by practising the new normal and complying with the SOPs.
This is because they recognise that every single one of them has a crucial role to play in supporting the government’s continuous efforts in combating the spread of the virus.
While some of them have decided to stay at home more during the pandemic, those who have important work duties that require them to travel or be at their workplace have strictly complied with the SOPs and limited unnecessary movements.
Toh Whee Cheng (Nurse)
I will only go out if it’s urgent or for work purposes. Sometimes when I have to meet a friend or close family members, it will be on a one-to-one basis with a strict adherence to the SOPs recommended by the government.
Christina Choo (Student)
I stay at home during the weekends, especially now that Covid-19 cases are on the rise. However, I do have to go back to my university hostel for my classes, so there’s always a risk there. Hence, I choose not to go out frequently to reduce my risk of contracting Covid-19.
Awang Khairul (Nurse)
Apart from work commitments, I prefer to stay at home as it can minimise close contact and the spread of the virus. We cannot identify those who are infected within the community with just our eyes as some will not show any symptoms.
Bong Woei Khang (Student graduate)
With cases growing day by day, I find it worrying to expose my family by having outings or going out for drinks. We never know when the virus might hit us. However, there are times we still need to leave the house but I try to keep track of where I go and not do it unnecessarily.
Collister Peter (Site engineer)
I have to spend most of my time outside due to the nature of my work. I am seldom at home and I frequently visit eateries on weekends. But I do make sure that I always adhere to the SOPs to prevent myself and others from getting infected.