Raya sub-clusters affect workplaces

Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: Covid-19 cases recorded in clusters that are linked to Hari Raya visits have spread into workplaces, said Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

He said while the cases in Kuching are still viewed by some as being relatively low, with 106 cases recorded on Wednesday, it may only be the beginning of it.

“Don’t be misled by the 106 cases reported in Kuching today (Wednesday). It may be the beginning of a big tsunami (Covid-19 cases).

“Raya clusters (cases) have already spread to workplaces such as in Samajaya and other industrial premises,” he said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

As to the question of whether there will be cases emerging from workplaces during Gawai, Dr Sim said the result can only be seen in the next fourteen days.

“The medical workers have been working non-stop in administering swab tests and opening more Covid-19 Quarantine and Low-Risk Treatment Centres.

“They are also preparing for the arrival of a substantial amount of Covid-19 vaccines under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NCIP) from this week onwards as promised after NCIP coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin’s visit recently,” he said.

Dr Sim also thanked the private hospitals and general practitioners in playing their roles to help the government during this crucial period.

Over the recent weeks, Sarawak recorded instances of Covid-19 clusters that are linked to Hari Raya gatherings which occurred in the middle of last month.

On May 23, the state recorded its first Raya cluster involving a gathering of five families with approximately 34 close family members on May 13.

The most recent Hari Raya-linked cluster was recorded on Wednesday involving several families in Kampung Bunut, Taman Crystal and Kampung Sungai Alo in Mukah.