Declining cases in Sibu brings sense of relief

Dr Annuar shows a graph of the drop in Covid-19 positive cases for Sibu district.

SIBU: The declining number of positive Covid-19 cases in Sibu has brought a sense of relief to Dr Annuar Rapaee, Coordinator of the Sibu Division Disaster Management Committee (SDDMC).

He noted that Sibu district was registering large decline in positive cases over the past three months, with only 33 cases last Saturday.

According to him, Sibu district recorded a cumulative 384 cases during the last three months compared to about 800 cases during the first three months of this year.

“Today (Saturday) is the last day of the 26th week, and this week has the lowest case count in Sibu since the pandemic began here.

“With this extremely large drop in cases, Sibu Divisional Health Officer Dr Teh Jo Hun and I may breathe a little easier,” remarked the Assistant Minister of Local Government and Housing.

Dr Annuar attributed the drop in Covid-19 positive cases in Sibu to the fact that many people had already been vaccinated against the virus. He added the implementation of movement control order (MCO) was also the reason for the decline in cases.

“Another factor contributing to the decrease in cases is that people are adhering to the standard operating procedures (SOPs).

“We hope that this momentum continues and that more people are vaccinated so that herd immunity in Sibu can be achieved as soon as possible.”

He stated that as of July 3, a total of 173,952 persons had received the vaccine in either the first or second dosage, accounting for 74.8 percent of the 232,528 eligible population in the district.

He said that a mobile vaccination centre (PPV) located at Sibu Foochow Association Hall, Jalan Salim, will open for three days from July 12-14 in order to speed up the vaccination process.

The Mobile PPV is intended for inhabitants of Kampung Sentosa and the surrounding area, where 3,000 people have registered.

“We anticipate that the immunisation process for the people of Sibu Division will be completed by the end of August,” he said.