Reduce social activities, movements

Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: A reduction in social activities and inter-district movements will help in bringing down the number of Covid-19 cases in the state, said Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor noted there was an increased number of cases stemming from community transmission through social gatherings and at workplaces.

“Increase our self-discipline at the workplace – minimise physical face to face meetings, no courses and no eating together.

“Reduce all forms of social activities – wedding, anniversary, birthday, extended family gathering barbecue, religious or traditional festivals. If we are alive, we will have many more years to celebrate,” he said in a Facebook post.

Dr Sim said physical public gatherings must be reduced while schools must opt for online classes.

“(We must) drastically reduce any movement between districts and within districts. At the current rate, we will not have any green zones left,” he said.

Dr Sim said while the authorities were more experienced than before and better equipped, they have to compete with fatigue, self-discipline and complacency.

He said the local Covid-19 containment policy was no longer a one size fits all routine as divisional disaster management committees (DDMC) would decide what’s best for their division.

“Very happy that DDMCs such as Bintulu under Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom; Sibu under Dr Annuar Rapaee and Miri under Datuk Lee Kim Shin taking over more policies (and resolving) ground issues,” he said.

On the daily record high in Covid-19 cases Tuesday, the Local Government and Housing Minister said it was ironic that the Pasai Cluster – which started the widespread outbreak ended on the same day.

“More to come as it is a reflection of the transmission in the last 14 days. All the hard works, hardships, sufferings for the whole of last year disappearing in front of our eyes in three months.

“Every day we lost fellow Sarawakians to Covid-19 forever and our ICU and ventilators usage is very high,” he lamented.