New normal until herd immunity achieved

Photo: Narayana Health

KUCHING: Sarawakians will have to make do with the new normal in their everyday lives and during festivals until herd immunity is achieved.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the target for herd immunity is 70 percent and the best way to achieve it is through vaccinations.

“Until we have achieved herd immunity of 70 percent, we will not be able to have our old life back pre-pandemic,” he said in a Facebook post on Saturday (Feb 6).

Meanwhile, Dr Sim said the state Health Department was told to consider classifying cases linked to the Pasai Cluster into sub-clusters.

“This is because the Pasai Cluster is no longer confined to longhouses but is now all over Sibu and beyond, infecting all Sarawakians,” he said.

He also said the infections affecting Sibu town has caused the Sibu Central Market to be closed due to the detection of more than 50 cases.

“This is not the first market to be closed and it will not be the last. Stutong Market and Satok Market in Kuching were closed last year because of Covid-19.

“After sanitisation and having every hawker screened and quarantined for 14 days, there were no further cases when it reopened and the patrons returned to the market being reassured (of their safety),” he said.