Public told to always beware of pandemic

Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: Residents of Kuching must keep their guard at all times despite the declining number of Covid-19 cases in the state’s capital.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the infection is still occurring in the community.

“While Kuching turned from being a red zone to an orange zone, let’s not be complacent. While the virus is still the community, let’s make it less sustainable.

“If it doesn’t pass to another person in 14 days, the virus transmission will stop. We should minimise travelling, movements and going out,” he said in a Facebook post on Friday.

Dr Sim urged those who are exposed to Covid-19 outbreaks or have been to high risk areas to come forward for screening.

“Early detection and treatment can prevent deaths. No symptoms are too mild, no age is too young or too old and no one is too healthy,” he said.

He also thanked those who came forward to be tested at Klinik Kesihatan in Sibu, Bintulu, Julau and Dalat for playing their role to stop the spread of Covid-19.

“In fact many of the sporadic cases ended up infecting family members and become a cluster. Love yourself and your family,” he said.

Meanwhile Dr Sim said more health care workers were found to be infected from their social contacts than from their workplace.

He said regardless, the number of medical personnel is limited and their constant exposure to Covid-19 may cause unwanted transmission to their patients and colleagues.

On the two new clusters – Cluster Sebangkoi, Sri Aman and Cluster Jun Heng, Bintulu; Dr Sim said clusters in general comes with their unique set of challenges.

“Be it cluster in rural or in urban areas, both are challenging to contain. In rural areas, it is challenging as we need resources while in urban areas, it is challenging due to the mobility and extensive networking,” he said.