Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian.

KUCHING: It only takes one person to bring the Covid-19 (formerly Wuhan 2019 Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV) into Sarawak for it to spread to all the people, according to Dr Sim Kui Hian.

Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian.

Local Government and Housing Minister said the infectious nature of the disease could be resisted through public awareness.

In a statement yesterday, Sim emphasised the importance of raising awareness of good hygiene during these uncertain times.

“Basically we want people to have a heightened awareness of the dangers of the Covid-19. Frequent handwashing and avoiding handshakes as well as regular temperature check-up should help.

“We don’t want the people to panic. We just want them to practice good habits as the disease had not spread to Sarawak yet,” he said.

Sim also pointed out that some people infected by the virus may not show symptoms immediately as the virus was still in its incubation period.

He added that people in places throughout the world affected by the Covid-19 outbreak would be advised to avoid public gatherings or crowded places.

“In Sarawak, we want to start now as people will forget,” said Sim.