Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Seri Dr. Sim Kui Hian updating on the Covid-19 in the State. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING:Sarawakians are urged to be on high alert following the spike in Covid-19 cases nationwide of late, said Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

He urged dwellers not to leave anything to chance and continue to uphold the standard operating procedures (SOPs) introduced by the health authorities and practise the new norms.

“We need every Sarawakian on high alert given (the new) 62 Covid-19 cases in Sabah today. Please don’t perform any unnecessary travel to the outbreak region,” he said in a Facebook post last Tuesday.

He was commenting on the massive jump in new Covid-19 cases last Tuesday whereby the nation recorded 100 new cases of which 85 were local transmissions with the remaining 15 imported.

According to the Health Ministry, 62 of these cases originated from the Benteng Lahad Datu cluster in Sabah which first emerged on September 1.

The figure last Tuesday was the highest since the recovery movement control order (RMCO) came into effect on June 10.

“Please cooperate with the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) swab test at points of entry into Sarawak, be it air, land or sea,” he said.

Dr Sim said being complacent would undo the work to curb the spread of the virus in Sarawak, adding that an outbreak could start with just one imported Covid-19 case slipping through the cracks.

“Let’s continue to be vigilant and practise the new norms — abide by the SOPs and social distancing — as the same virus is still in our community, unless we record 28 days of no new transmission.

“Together we shall overcome Covid-19,” he said.