Expected spike in Sibu cases this week

Dr Annuar during the livestream.

SIBU: The Sibu Divisional Disaster Management Committee (SDDMC) anticipates an increase in positive Covid-19 cases in Sibu beginning this week.

Its coordinator, Dr Annuar Rapaee, stated this during a live feed of the update of the Sibu district daily Covid-19 cases on Saturday night.

He said the community’s failure to follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) during the previous Gawai celebration was the reason for the expectation.

The Assistant Minister of Local Government and Housing said the situation was similar to last Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration. 

 The Assistant Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research added that numerous longhouses in the rural areas had begun to record positive Covid-19 cases.

These cases were discovered more than 10 days after Gawai.

The Nangka assemblyman did not rule out the potential of establishing more vaccination centres (PPVs) or mobilising mobile vaccination teams to vaccinate the longhouse folk.

He remarked that longhouses with no cases might be vaccinated first by the mobile team.

He explained that on Saturday, a mobile team from the Sibu Divisional Health Office performed a mobile immunisation campaign in Bawang Assan to vaccinate the rural folk.

 He also said that Dewan Suarah Sibu would operate as a PPV.

Dr Annuar revealed that Sibu would receive 33,447 doses of vaccines in June, including 19,040 doses which were administered on Friday.

Sibu would receive 40,858 doses of vaccines each week in July, and 50,815 doses per week in August, he added.

Meanwhile, the Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee stated that the Sibu district had the highest number of positive Covid-19 cases in the state on Saturday, with 149 cases.