Be wary of emerging Covid-19 variants during Eid


KUCHING: The Muslim community in Sarawak are reminded to be vigilant during the upcoming Hari Raya Aidiladha celebration in view of emerging Covid-19 variants.

Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs and DBKU) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi said the Delta and Beta Covid-19 variants are more aggressive and capable of spreading quickly.

“If there is no need, avoid inter-district movements because it is feared that it could increase the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We have been informed of the existence of Delta and Beta variants in Sarawak.

It’s more aggressive and we’re worried this variant will spread and cause new problems,” he said.

He said this when asked to comment on the existence of Delta and Beta variants in Sarawak on Thursday (July 15).

Dr Abdul Rahman who is also the Assistant Minister of Utilities (Water Supply) said in celebrating Hari Raya Aidiladha, Muslims still need to adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOP) set by the government.

“Even if you return to the village, follow the rules set by the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).

“If possible, stay at your respective homes and avoid making unnecessary movements,” he said.

Earlier this month, Sarawak has detected its first Covid-19 positive case involving the Delta variant (B. 1.617.2).

Institute of Health and Community Medicine (IHCM) of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) said a 56-year-old man from Kuching was detected with the variant on June 18.

IHCM director Prof Dr David Perera said it was an imported case, where the man had returned from another state.

In a subsequent report on Tuesday (July 13), IHCM detected another 16 cases of Covid-19 of the Delta variant in Sarawak, bringing the total number of cases of this variant to 17.

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