KUCHING: A newborn was among the 44 new Covid-19 cases reported in Bintulu district today (Aug 24).
Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing, in disclosing this, said there were also other young children aged two to four who were infected.
“The pandemic in Bintulu is still on a high trend today (Aug 24), and clearly contagious among those who have not been inoculated and have lower body immunity,” he said in a Facebook post today (Tuesday).
He also expressed his sadness after learning the newborn was infected by the virus.
“According to an analysis report, the spread of the virus can be seen in all districts, from longhouses to housing estates, rental houses, rental rooms in shops and industrial areas.
“The current situation is starting to worsen, the infection is cyclical and persistent in these areas where confirmed cases are starting to increase in rental property,” he said.
Therefore, Tiong called on the Bintulu Development Agency (BDA) and other enforcement agencies to take strict action against illegal housing renters.
“The shops or house renters must be held accountable in the event there is a confirmed case.
“At the same time, enforcement agencies must, from time to time, monitor these rental houses, inspect and assess the environment, the movement of tenants, whether public areas are disinfected periodically and other things, to prevent the virus from spreading over and over again,” he said.
Tiong also stressed that the authorities must immediately close the area and carry out swab tests after a housing estate was identified in order to prevent further spread of the virus and for the sake of public health.
“I once again remind the public that the vaccination is not a magic pill, it does not provide 100 percent protection.
“We need to take care of ourselves, our families, women, children and the elderly around us. Only then can we achieve victory in the battle against Covid-19 pandemic.
“I sincerely hope that we all maintain a high level of self-discipline and practise high self-control because we only live once. Our health is priceless,” said Tiong.