KUCHING: Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian has warned Sarawakians that the Delta Covid-19 variant would not be the last to wreak havoc in the state.
He said, in the end, the people need to play their roles by being vigilant to stem the spread of Covid-19.
“With the enforcements, the policies and the distribution of vaccines, we can only do so much in our war against Covid-19.
“We have to realise that Delta variant will not be the last one in Sarawak’s Covid-19 pandemic battle,” he said in a Facebook post last Wednesday (Aug 18).
Dr Sim said it is unrealistic for Sarawak to be totally isolated from outside elements until Covid-19 is eliminated worldwide.
“It is also unrealistic for it to be under total lockdown with curfews for at least two cycles of 21 days until there is no more community transmission,” he said.
The Local Government and Housing Minister said the state is fortunate to have scaled up vaccination in June but was unlucky as the Delta variant emerged in July before everyone was able to be fully vaccinated, two weeks after their second dose.
He thanked Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) Institute of Health and Community Medicine (IHCM) for their work in tracking the Delta variant through genomics study.
He said without the study being done, it will be too late when the Delta variant is detected as it would already have a sustained spread in the community.
Dr Sim also lamented sections of the community which had been recalcitrant in preventing the spread of Covid-19.
“There are those who are naive at best or intentionally pretend not to understand will claim their business sector has no Covid-19 infection or clusters.
“There are those who always ‘forgot’ about facemask or ‘interpret’ social gatherings in their own ways despite overwhelming scientific evidence that Delta is with us not only in Kuching but in the rest of Sarawak,” he said.