Early recovery targeted for Sarawak

Dr Sim Kui Hian at the press conference. Photo: Munirah Zhamri

KUCHING: Sarawak is tapped to recover earlier from the Covid-19 pandemic ahead of the National Recovery Plan.

Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said this is due to the state’s target to achieve herd immunity by August.

“Together, let’s achieve the recovery plan earlier for Sarawak with having 70 percent (of the population vaccinated) by August.

“However, we will still need to strictly safeguard our borders for possible Covid-19 variants which was a lesson learnt in the past one year of Covid-19.

“Let’s start with our own internal freedom (from Covid-19) in Sarawak in terms of social, economic and movements similar to countries such as Brunei and China,” he said in a Facebook post today (June 16), commenting on the unveiling of the National Recovery Plan announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on Tuesday (June 15).

The premier in a televised broadcast had introduced the National Recovery Plan which comprised four phases with three specific threshold indicators that will decide if and when Covid-19 pandemic restrictions are lifted in stages.

Under this plan, Malaysia is currently under Phase One, and will move to Phase Two by July if new cases dip to under 4,000, vaccination rate reaches 10 percent, and intensive care unit’s usage falls to ‘moderate’ level.

In Phase One, only essential services are allowed to operate while all social sectors and activities are barred, while Phase Two will see several more economic sectors, such as the manufacturing industry, operate with up to 80 percent capacity.

In Phase Three, he said all economic sectors will be allowed to operate barring those listed as high-risk activities such as nightclubs, pubs, conventions, spas and beauty salons.

The fourth and final phase will see all economic sectors allowed to operate, with more restrictions on social activities lifted.