Panic, anxiety no help

Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: The public have been urged not to panic with the recent spike in Covid-19 cases in the state.

Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian urged the people to be disciplined under the new normal to assist the authorities in curbing the spread of the virus.

“Panic and anxiety do not help with the number of cases but your disciplined behaviour and practising the new normal will help,” he said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

Dr Sim said an example of this was when four out of eight cases in Kuching on Wednesday were diagnosed by private medical centres; as the residents came forward to get themselves tested.

“They were responding to the call for those who knowingly or unknowingly might be exposed to Covid-19 cases in the last 14 days.

“This is the sincere action that we need for you to do your part and play your role in Sarawak’s battle with Covid-19,” he said.

Dr Sim urged the rest of the public to come forward and get tested if they feel that they were exposed in the last 14 days.

“This will protect yourself, your family, your friends, your colleagues and Sarawak,” he said adding that there should not be any stigma by the public.

“Every case is an unfortunate human being infected by Covid-19, a global pandemic of unprecedented scale that you and I are experiencing once in a lifetime,” he added.

With the public coming forward, it allows the authorities to investigate cases which might have been overlooked, the minister pointed out.

“We need every Sarawakian to play their role and do their part as Sarawak is surrounded by a ring of fire in Covid-19 with Sabah, Indonesia and West Malaysia,” he said.