Reduce movements from southern zone in Sarawak

Dr Annuar Rapaee explaining the weekly case trend in Sibu.

SIBU: Movements of people from the southern areas in the state to Sibu must be reduced, said Education, Science and Technological Research Assistant Minister, Dr Annuar Rapaee.

He said those from Kuching who had non-urgent businesses should defer their plans to travel to Sibu for the time being.

“I hope we can reduce the cases here.  Everyone must work together and if possible, do not go to Kuching at this time.

“We need to stop those from Kuching and southern Sarawak from coming to Sibu unless they have important matters,” he said in a livestream on Saturday (Aug 21).

Dr Annuar said Sibu on Saturday recorded 58 cases. 

He added 99 percent of these cases were of Categories 1 and 2 which meant no symptoms or mild symptoms. Only one case was in Category 4 with lung infection.

“We don’t have cases in Categories 3 and 5. While the cases have surged, the severity of the cases has declined. The vaccines have helped reduce the severity of the infections,” he said.

The Nangka assemblyman said Sibu had recorded an increase of weekly cases because of a cluster in shipping area. There were 24 Covid-19 cases from the cluster.

“That area has been placed under lockdown, meaning there is no movement in and out of the area,” he said.

Dr Annuar added while there was no increase in severe cases, the public must adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) to arrest the surge in number of Covid-19 cases.

“First thing we need to do is to ensure we observe the SOPs,” he said.