Containment window narrowing, warns Dr Sim

Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: Sarawakians must do everything possible to prevent the state from being forced to move onto the Covid-19 mitigation phase, said Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

“Again, panic, anger, politics doesn’t help. Your immediate discipline and actions will help to stop the spread of Covid-19. We need everyone to do it together.

“The window for Sarawak’s containment phase is getting smaller. Let’s prevent Sarawak from getting into mitigation phase,” he said in a Facebook post.

Dr Sim noted that Sarawak in the first few weeks of 2021 had recorded five deaths due to Covid-19 and that while focus was given on containing the Pasai Cluster through enhanced tracing, testing and quarantine, attention should also be given to unlinked cases.

“Preliminary genetic study by Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) suggested at least two different Covid-19 variants circulating in Sarawak during the current wave.

“The study also showed that a few imported variants from Malaya and international arrivals were successfully contained without being passed on to the local community because of Sarawak’s strict 14 days’ quarantine,” he said.

He also prayed for the speedy recovery of 1,442 Covid-19 patients state-wide including medical frontliners in Sibu and Miri hospitals.

“We are very happy to see 141 Sarawakian recovered from Covid-19 and discharged from hospitals throughout Sarawak. 

“Our prayers are also to 6,181 Sarawakian and friends of Sarawak in various quarantine centres throughout the state. Thanks for your understanding, sacrifices and cooperation to keep Sarawak from imported cases,” he said.

Dr Sim said while the end of the Covid-19 pandemic is in sight, its most dangerous period is happening now.

“We still have chance to flatten the current tsunami although the window of opportunity is getting smaller, but with the spirit of solidarity and our united efforts, not only can we win the war with Covid-19 but to get everyone past the finish line alive,” he said.