Cases in Bintulu can abate with self-discipline

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KUCHING: While Bintulu has recorded high number of daily Covid-19 cases of late, its MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing remains hopeful that the figure can decrease in the near future.

“Bintulu has no option but to fall in step with the federal government’s uniform procedures. The authorities here will still do their utmost to implement the most feasible anti-pandemic strategies.

“I hope that the people of Bintulu will continue to take the proper precautions to safeguard the health of their families and their own. With proper self-discipline, the cases in Bintulu will abate soon,” he said on Sunday (Sept 26).

Tiong said Bintulu has always prioritised the people’s health and lives above all, adding that it was the reason stringent pandemic management procedures were employed.

“This includes targeted lockdowns, isolating close contacts, and performing mass testing, among others. We are confident that we have not sacrificed nor compromised on any serious action to contain the cases in any way.

“On the contrary, I do feel some disappointment in how our efforts to bring the cases down to single digits from 200-300 per day was undone in a short time once the standard operating procedures (SOPs) were relaxed,” he said.

The MP said endless precautions and warnings were not enough to maintain public adherence to the SOPs.

“It is an extremely difficult situation, especially for those who live on daily wages and monthly incomes. This group of people is also especially burdened by the need to isolate for 14 days or longer.

“They are at risk of losing their jobs due to area lockdowns and other isolation procedures. We were caught between a rock and a hard place. It is a struggle to make any decision related to the efforts to contain the cases in our district,” he said.

He added, the lockdowns being implemented in the affected housing areas of the district under the current SOPs has resulted in detection of more cases.

“With more samples, come slower processing times, this has led to many frustrated people hurling abuses at our frontliners,” he said.

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