Kuchingites urged to stay vigilant at all times

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KUCHING: The public was told to continue to be vigilant at all times as a spike in Covid-19 cases can be sudden.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said it only took three days for Kuching to turn from a yellow zone to a red zone.

“This is why we need to be on constant alert and not be deceived by the low numbers of positive cases as we need to find the asymptomatic or mild symptomatic cases in the community,” he said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

Dr Sim said while most of the new positive cases were linked to existing clusters or enhanced movement control order (Emco) areas, the authorities want to trace and test as many individuals as possible.

“As a rule of thumb, we need to test the right target group and with less than five percent positive from the total testing of the target group. 

“If you feel unwell, have any mild symptoms, or exposed to anyone tested positive or if you have been to any high-risk areas, please come forward for a Covid-19 risk assessment and get PCR tested at any health clinics or medical centres.

“While waiting for the PCR results, you should remain in
self-isolation. Do not mix with your family members or go to work until the results are out,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Local Government and Housing minister said the new Jan Yong Cluster in Kapit is an example that no one is too young to be infected if they have been to a high-risk area.

“You may survive Covid-19 but your family and friends may not. Don’t travel unnecessarily, especially to high-risk areas, even in your town. Don’t risk yourself from being infected by Covid-19.

“Panic, frustration, finger-pointing and politics do not and cannot bring down the number of Covid-19 cases.

“What will help reduce the number of cases is self-discipline and you doing your part and playing your role,” he added.

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