KUCHING: The public have been warned not to be complacent amid the spread of the Covid-19 Delta variant in Sarawak.
Demak Laut assemblyman Dr Hazland Abang Hipni said the Delta variant would not be the last variant to spread in Sarawak, and continued vigilance was needed.
He said being fully vaccinated did not guarantee immunity against the Delta variant, only prevent severe infections and avoid Category 3, 4 and 5 cases.
“Every member of the community must comply with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the Ministry of Health Malaysia and the National Security Council if they are outside.”
On Wednesday, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak Institute of Health and Community Medicine director Dr David Perera said there had been a sharp increase in cases linked to the Delta variant in Sarawak.
He said while most of the cases were in Kuching, the variant was also detected in Bau, Lundu, Kota Samarahan, Simunjan, Miri and Bintulu as well as Sibu.
In a separate development, Dr Hazland said food aid was distributed to Kampung Geobilt residents after the village was placed under enhanced movement control order (EMCO).
He advised residents to follow SOP during the EMCO and work with the authorities to curb the spread of Covid-19.
“Residents need to stay in their homes and always practice good personal hygiene. Do not leave the house, especially those living with children who have not yet received the vaccine.
“They are susceptible to Covid-19 due to weak antibodies and at risk of infection.”