Help prevent Sarawak from experiencing Malaya’s situation

The public undergoing rT-PCR screening test in Petaling Jaya. Photo: Bernama

KUCHING: Sarawakians are urged to work together with state authorities in containing the spread of Covid-19.

Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the ongoing fourth wave of the coronavirus had to be flattened to avoid Sarawak having a similar situation to West Malaysia – where the situation now had become untenable.

“Don’t let Sarawak be like West Malaysia. The tsunami wave (of Covid-19 there) will not be able to be flattened for a few weeks. Let’s also pray for the safety of fellow Sarawakians in West Malaysia.

“I heard some of the positive cases, especially asymptomatic, had to remain at home as there were not enough hospital beds,” he said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

Dr Sim said the public must help the authorities in breaking the chain of infection by doing their part to protect Sarawak, their families and friends.

Commenting on the new policies issued by the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), Dr Sim said location, date and time of positive Covid-19 cases would be made known to the public.

“This is only possible because Sarawak exercised its Local Government autonomy under the Protection of Public Health Ordinance 1999.”

The Batu Kawa assemblyman said the state government also agreed to cover the quarantine and PCR test cost for children born outside of Sarawak to a Sarawakian parent and also the spouse of a Sarawakian.

“Gatherings will also be restricted to 50 percent capacity while for open spaces, only 200 persons are allowed.”

On Tuesday, SDMC reported 13 new Covid-19 cases in the state, with the total cases climbing to 1,161 cases.