Dr Sim speaks to the media. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: The latest case of a Sarawakian being tested positive while being under compulsory 14 days quarantine shows the importance of self-isolation, said Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.  

He said the compulsory quarantine at designated centres for individuals arriving from overseas enforced by the authorities was to prevent any unwanted Covid-19 transmission among Sarawakians.  

“Fortunately, the case was detected while the patient was in a designated quarantine hotel, otherwise the patient would have been exposed to his family and the community in Sibu,” he said.  

Dr Sim was commenting on the single positive case reported on Sunday with the patient returning from London, United Kingdom and tested positive for the virus during quarantine in Sibu.    

“The Sarawak Health Department (JKNS) will need to do urgent contact tracing for those in close proximity with this positive passenger in the flight,” he said in a Facebook post on Sunday.    

Dr Sim noted that there were many requests from parents asking for their children returning from overseas to undergo their 14 days quarantine at home.    

“I always reminded them, the policy implemented by the Sarawak government is not to make life difficult for you or not allowing you to love your child, but to protect you from Covid-19 infection.    

“This is as well as to protect the rest of Sarawakians from Covid-19 in case you are infected from your child coming back from overseas unknowingly.  

He said, while the public might argue that only a handful of people tested positive when being quarantined, one positive case was enough to start a cluster.  

“The imported Italian strain resulted in a cluster of almost 70 people with five deaths in Sarawak,” he said referring to a cluster in Sarawak last April.