Don’t let up swab tests

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KUCHING: The authorities must not rest on their laurels just yet as more tests need to be done to fully bring down the Covid-19 cases in Sibu.

Education, Science and Technological Research Assistant Minister Dr Annuar Rapaee pointed out that while the positivity rate was brought to under five percent for the cases in the district, more needed to be done.

“The question now is whether the Health Ministry has done enough testing or otherwise according to the requirements of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

“A lot of parameters can be used but the most commonly used is positivity rate which must be under five percent,” he said.

Dr Annuar said currently, the rate in Sibu town is 4.2 percent while the longhouses’ rate is down from 15.8 to 3.9 percent and the rate in the lockdown areas at Sibu Jaya Flat and Townvilla is 4.8 percent.

“While all the data point towards under five percent, I strictly stress that it is still not satisfactory. That is why I ask the public not to skip the Covid-19 swab tests.

“The more swab tests we can do, the more Covid-19 cases we can detect and the sooner we can break the chain of infection,” he said in a Facebook post today.

On Wednesday, Sarawak reported 200 new Covid-19 cases with more than half coming from Sibu, as well as three more deaths.

The state disaster management committee said Sibu recorded 102 cases, followed by Kapit (53), Kuching (16), Bintulu (13) and Dalat (seven).

Other districts which recorded new cases were Miri and Lundu with three each and Samarahan, Beluru and Belaga with one each, taking the total tally to 7,225.

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