Public warned against hospital overrun

Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: People have been warned to do their part to prevent hospitals in Sarawak from being overrun by too many Covid-19 patients.

Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the best way to avoid an overrun is to keep the number of new infections down.

“Early treatment saves lives. Come to (the) hospital early for assessment and treatment. We must fight the virus together. 

“Prevention is best — let’s work together, play our role and do our part as each one of us is responsible for keeping the infection numbers down and break the chain of transmission.

“This is to protect ourselves, our families, our friends from Covid-19 and our hospitals from overrun with horrendous deaths like in India,” he said in a Facebook post.

Sarawak recorded five Covid-19 fatalities and 405 new positive cases on Sunday (May 16).

The figures brought the total death toll in the state to 224 cases and the cumulative total of positive cases to 38,383 to date.

Dr Sim also expressed concern with the highest daily death toll recorded nationwide on Saturday with 44 patients succumbing to Covid-19.

There were also 4,140 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the national tally to 466,330. A total of 42,135 cases are currently classified as active or infectious with 503 in the intensive care unit. Of these, 272 require respiratory support.

Meanwhile, Dr Sim warned residents in the Kuching-Samarahan-Serian zone to be vigilant at all times and not be deceived by the small number of positive cases recorded in the area.