Leave it to SDMC for transition into next phase

Next phase

KUCHING: The state’s transition to the next phase of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) will be announced by the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), said Dr Annuar Rapaee.

The Sibu Division Disaster Management Committee coordinator said that he will leave it to the state-level committee to decide when Sarawak can move into the Second Phase of the NRP.

“There are multiple thresholds that have to be fulfilled — the first is the number of daily Covid-19 cases. Secondly is the capacity of our hospitals and third is our percentage of vaccination.

“If these are fulfilled, it means we can move from Phase One to Phase Two. As to when Sarawak can transition to the next phase, I will leave it to SDMC,” he said during a livestream on Saturday (July 10).

On Friday (July 9), SDMC chairman and Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the state government has agreed to implement phase transitions of the NRP.

He said the effects of the movement control order are being assessed by taking into consideration the views of various parties and the hardships faced by the people during this pandemic.

Uggah said SDMC is reviewing the thresholds to enable Sarawak to move into the next phase and that the reviews will be done based on divisions and districts.

Earlier on Saturday (July 10), SDMC advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said he is optimistic that Sarawak can enter Phase Two of the NRP.

“Based on the rate that we are going, by July 22, about 50 percent of the population in the state will receive their second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

“In terms of the number of cases, for the previous week, including Saturday and Sunday, the figures are declining. If the number of cases continues to decline, Sarawak should be fulfilling its criteria to enter Phase Two of the NRP,” he said.