KUCHING: The authorities would be able to bring down the number of Covid-19 cases, provided that the people limit their movements and adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOPs).
Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said this is particularly crucial during the upcoming Chinese New Year (CNY) celebration.
“With the coming CNY, it is both an opportunity and a threat in our war against Covid-19 for Sibu, Kanowit, and Song.
“If every resident strictly follows the SOPs of the movement control order (MCO), the number of Covid-19 cases will be able to go down.
“Only you can make a difference, please help by playing your role and doing your part,” he said in a Facebook post on Saturday (Feb 6).
Dr Sim said Sibu, Kanowit, and Song were found to have sustained the spread of Covid-19 within the community.
“This is based on the observation of positive Covid-19 cases coming forward to get tested.
“Similarly, there are infections within the community in Dalat, but those were detected because of active case detection in the villages under the enhanced movement control order (EMCO),” he said.
The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor said however, Dalat is expected to be able to bring its number of cases down quickly in the next fourteen days.
“One of the reasons they will be able to do that is that there is totally no movement in these villages in Dalat.
“Sibu, Kanowit, and Song are bigger areas, where the economic activities and livelihood are much harder to address.
“But the principle of getting the number of Covid-19 cases down is till the same, that is to have minimal or no movement of the people for 14 days,” he said.