Sarawak will persevere until victorious

Dr Annuar observes a nurse inoculating a vaccine recipient in Sibu recently. Photo: Dr Annuar Rapaee | Facebook

KUCHING: The state authorities will not give up on their anti-pandemic fight, said Education, Science and Technological Research Assistant Minister Dr Annuar Rapaee.

He said while Sarawak has made good progress in curbing Covid-19 following the imposition of the movement control order (MCO) as well as mass vaccination rollout, such effort has to continue.

“Based on a statement by the State Health Director recently, the average number of daily Covid-19 cases has dipped from 596 to 340,” he said.

Dr Annuar pointed out that the average daily Covid-19 death toll has dropped by half — from four to two cases. He added that the intensive care unit bed occupancy rate has dropped to 50 percent from 100 percent when the pandemic was at its peak.

“These indicated that the situation has improved after the MCO was implemented and the vaccination has been ramped up.

“I hope this will continue as we have not won the fight against the pandemic and we will not accept defeat,” he said in a livestream on Saturday (July 10).

The Nangka assemblyman said while there will be a time that the pandemic is fully curbed, it is likely that Covid-19 will remain as an endemic.

“It will be similar to dengue — it will not cause deaths every day and will not restrict economic activities,” he said.

Dr Annuar added that while the risks will be there during an endemic, it will not cause hospitals to be overwhelmed and the economy to become stagnant.

“We want to limit the spread of Covid-19. We will continue to intensify our efforts to bring down the number of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak.

“We have to work harder. This is not the time for us to relax or celebrate,” he said.