Don’t strain medical resources

Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: Sarawakians have been told to work together to curb the spread of Covid-19 as to not strain the state’s medical resources.

He said this is because the virus is spreading to remote places such as Song and Kapit which have turned to a red zone and orange zone respectively on Friday. 

“Song has turned into a red zone, and Kapit will also turn red in the next few days unless there is an extraordinary effort by everyone,” he said in a Facebook post on Friday.

Dr Sim said while he welcomed the 134 recoveries registered on Friday, the death of a Covid-19 patient in Sibu as well as 179 new Covid-19 cases dampened the good news.

On the Tabong Cluster in Bau, he said the index case, Case 3,718, worked in Kuching but lived in Bau. He said six other cases linked to the cluster were immediate family members.

“Sarawak is still in the containment phase of Covid-19 unlike West Malaysia and Sabah; they have given up containment and moved to the mitigation phase,” he said.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor also urged Sarawakians to protect the remaining green zones in the state in view of the record high 5,725 Covid-19 cases recorded nationwide Friday.

“With another nationwide daily record high, it will be all red zones in West Malaysia and Sabah soon. The number of deaths will increase with them being in the mitigation phase.

“In Sarawak, with your understanding, cooperation, sacrifices and solidarity we still have a chance to flatten the curve, to keep Sarawak in the containment phase and return to being a green zone,” he said.