Report SOP breach to hotline

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KUCHING: Sarawakians are urged to report any breach of Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) to the Local Government and Housing Ministry’s (MLGH) hotline.

“The only way that we can flatten the third wave of the pandemic is for all Sarawakians to help by playing their roles. 

“We are asking for your help to be our eyes and ears. Report anyone who breached the SOPs. In case there is no action taken after that, please alert me,” said Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

Dr Sim said he understands that the public is unhappy about the outbreak of Covid-19 clusters.

“They want justice and rightfully so. But it will take a while to epidemiologically investigate who started the cluster.

“This is because if you happen to be the first diagnosed with Covid-19, it does not mean that you are the one that started the cluster as the virus incubation period is 14 days,” he said in a Facebook post on Sunday (Nov 1).

Dr Sim said even if patients were infected all at the same time, they would not display symptoms that correspond with their time of infection.

“Some become symptomatic on day 5 while others may only become symptomatic on day 10,” he said.

The Batu Kawa assemblyman reiterated that Sarawak Disaster Management Committee’s (SDMC) stand that the time for SOP flouters are over.

“It is time to compound and prosecute anyone who breaks the SOPs and those not using face masks — illegals, customers, shop owners, officers, politicians, ordinary citizens, big bosses, young or old,” he said.

The public can report any breach of Covid-19 to the hotline by sending a WhatsApp message to 016-239 1111 with details including location, time of incident and photo.