Dr Sim under self-quarantine again

Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian is under self-quarantine after being exposed to a previous Covid-19 case.

In a Facebook post, the Batu Kawa assemblyman said he was informed by the hospital on Saturday evening (Jan 16) that he was in close contact with a positive patient.

“Received phone call from hospital yesterday evening that I had been exposed to a positive patient on Jan 8.

“The positive patient exhibited no symptoms on his first PCR swab on Jan 11, which turned out negative. He went for another swab on Jan 15 which turned out positive,” he said.

Dr Sim said he had undergone a PCR swab at the Batu Kawa health clinic and was issued a home surveillance order (HSO) as part of the standard operating procedure (SOP).

In the meantime, he also lauded the drive-thru PCR test service at Batu Kawa health clinic where individuals can get tested in about 10 minutes if they made an appointment.

“If you just turn up because of possible exposure, you need to scan the QR code, fill the details, wait for your turn in the car queue,” he said.

Dr Sim said to encourage those exposed to come forward to be tested, the usual RM150 per PCR swab fee is waived at the health clinics and it will be open during the weekends.

Last year, the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) president was also issued a HSO after being exposed to another member of the administration who tested positive for the virus.