Focus now on detecting all cases

Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: Sarawak health authorities are now focusing on detecting as many Covid-19 cases as possible, said Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

“The focus should not be on the numbers of cases alone but making sure that we don’t miss out any cases that are still moving freely in the community.

“The public must lend their help by coming forward to be risk assessed and PCR tested,” he said, adding that saving lives must come first and there should be no stigma attached to Covid-19.

He was commenting on Sarawak registering 146 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, which is its second highest record daily.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) on Tuesday recorded 92 new cases in Sibu, Sebauh (20), Kanowit (12), Miri (11), Beluru (3), Kuching (3), Dalat (2), Saratok (1), Bintulu (1) and Limbang (1).

Dr Sim said while aggressive contact tracing, testing, isolation and quarantine were being levied upon the cases in detected clusters, attention should also be given to isolated cases as it might lead to a potential cluster.

“My appreciation goes out to the police, army and immigration authorities for not only increasing enforcement on illegal immigrants but also hauling those Sarawakians in cahoots with the illegals at the expense of public safety, to justice. 

“Let’s stay focused and play your role, do your part. That is the only way for us to fight the war with Covid-19,” he said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

Dr Sim said Sarawak needed the help of everyone to quickly trace, test and isolate to flatten the fourth wave, which is more dangerous than the previous three waves.