Phase 2 NRP: Not time to celebrate yet

Stephen Rundi Utom

KUCHING: Moving into phase two of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) is not a cause for celebration yet, said Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom.

The Utilities Minister pointed out that the war against Covid-19 was not yet over, more so with evidence and presence of new Covid-19 variants detected in Sarawak which is more virulent as well as deadly.

“We are happy that Sarawak has managed to fulfill the threshold requirements to move into Phase Two. Nonetheless, we should not celebrate just yet and continue to be vigilant by complying strictly with the standard operating procedure (SOP).

“I would like to advise our people to bear with Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) and health experts especially with regard to complying with the SOP, despite the inconveniences and frustrations that may affect their lives and livelihoods,” he said on Wednesday (July 14).

The Kemena assemblyman expressed confidence that the state would be able to move into subsequent phases soon if the downward trend of cases continued and the vaccination programme targets were accomplished by August.

He pointed out that this would require discipline, patience, resilience and cooperation from everyone.

On the vaccination progress in his constituency, Dr Rundi said the rollout progressing well based on MySejahtera and hybrid lists.

“We have static vaccination centres (PPVs) and the mobile teams are actively going into the interior areas with overwhelming responses,” he said.