KUCHING: Unless all Sarawakians cooperate and seriously play their respective roles in the war against Covid-19, Sarawak will suffer the same fate as West Malaysia and Sabah, cautioned Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.
He said this cooperation and sacrifice was required even with the implementation of stricter Covid-19 policies such as imposing the conditional movement control order (CMCO) throughout Sarawak and movement control order (MCO) in certain areas.
“Fifty percent of districts in Sarawak have Covid-19 now,” he said in a Facebook post early on Monday (Jan 18).
He noted that West Malaysia had moved from the containment phase to the mitigation phase, meaning they would only conduct screenings if one had symptoms, which he said was 20 percent of Covid-19 patients.
“This means for the 80 percent of Covid-19 cases with mild or no symptoms — continue to let them spread?” he questioned.
He said this will probably result in more Covid-19 cases, adding that the nation may see daily cases of over 5,000 soon.
“Five percent of Covid-19 patients will need to be admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU), and these numbers will keep growing. This will translate to higher mortality, or death rate.
“Let’s work together to keep Sarawak in the containment phase, like what is currently seen in Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, China, and so on,” urged Dr Sim.
“It has been told that the vaccines will arrive in Malaysia next month. However, there are limited stocks and priority will be given to the frontliners and those who are vulnerable, and eventually every Sarawakian. It takes time,” he said.
At the same time, he also expressed condolences to the family of the 42-year-old man who passed away in Miri as reported by the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) last Sunday on Jan 17.
SDMC in their Covid-19 report said until further clinical investigation was completed, the case would be categorised as a death not caused by Covid-19, although he was positive for the virus.
“We pray for the speedy recovery of the 917 Covid-19 patients in various hospitals and step-down facilities throughout Sarawak,” said Dr Sim.