Economic sector will reopen once infections drop

Abang Johari (front, second left) briefed on the infrastructure projects in Sri Aman by Sri Aman District Council (MDSA) secretary Tay Guan Huat (left). Also seen is Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman and Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas (behind Abang Johari) and State Secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion (right). Photo: Ukas

SIMANGGANG: The state government will reopen the economic sector once the Covid-19 infections state-wide register a significant drop.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg in stressing this said this evaluation would be made once the Covid-19 vaccine rollout to teenagers aged 12 to 17 has completed.

“In terms of the economic sector, we will evaluate upon the completion of this (vaccination) programme. We expect the immunity in the community will be boosted.

“When the Covid-19 infections have declined, then we can consider to reopen our economic sector,” he said.

Abang Johari stressed that the community would have to live with Covid-19 in the future as it would become endemic.

“The infections are high with over 3,000 cases but most of them are in Category 1 with no symptoms and about 99 percent of the Covid-19 cases registered daily are in Category 1 and Category 2 (mild symptoms).

“Hence, we will move on to the endemic phase once we have achieved the required immunity and the infections are less severe,” he said.

The chief minister said based on past infectious diseases such Cholera and Swine Flu, among others, the population had to live with the diseases over time with possible medicines being produced to cure the disease in the future.

Abang Johari said currently, the state government has reopened the construction sector enabling construction projects to progress.

“Besides that, the food sector is also reopened with the necessary standard operating procedures (SOPs).

“This includes making sure only those who have been fully vaccinated are able to dine in (at the premises) and ensuring patrons produce their vaccination certificate in the MySejahtera app before entering,” he said.