KUCHING: There is a pressing need to get the current Covid-19 spread in Bintulu under control said its MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing.
He said if the cases are not contained, the pandemic will once again get out of control and may reach three-digit daily caseloads.
Tiong said the standard operating procedures (SOPs) must be tightened to alleviate the worsening situation.
“I have stressed many times before that Bintulu is a densely populated heavy industry area. If the pandemic gets out of control here, the consequences would be disastrous.
“As far as I am aware, the current situation in Kuching is also alarming, as the medical facilities, in terms of empty beds and quarantine spots, are nearing full capacity levels. We do not want to see Bintulu facing the same situation,” he said.
There is no denying that the pandemic situation in Bintulu has deteriorated in the past few days where 76 cases were detected on Aug 19 and 43 cases detected on Aug 20, Tiong pointed out.
The MP also expressed worry on the operations in Samalaju Industrial Park where workers are allowed to return to the factory to work as usual after being vaccinated.
“If they accidentally contract Covid-19 within the factory, they will also likely infect others back in their housing areas or longhouses. The people there will suffer and lead to more outbreaks.
“Among the cases detected in Bintulu in the past two weeks, some had just returned from Kuching, showing the importance of the SOP for pre-entry testing,” he said in a statement today.
Tiong said if the authorities do not take the proper precautions as soon as possible, the Covid-19 situation will worsen.
“In Bintulu currently, there are 11 transport drivers from four different logistic companies being infected.
“This is why each logistics driver must get tested every two weeks to ensure everyone’s health,” he said.