Severe Covid cases, ICU patients drop in Sarawak

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KUCHING: The rate of hospitalisation due to severe cases of Covid-19 and usage of the intensive care units (ICUs) in Sarawak has dropped.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said while of late, there is a 28 percent increase in Category 2 cases which involve mild symptoms, more severe cases in Category 3, 4 and 5 have declined.

“Category 3, 4 and 5 of Covid-19 cases continue to decrease to less than 5 percent for each category.

“This resulted in the usage of ICU beds to drop below 15 percent and decrease in the number of deaths,” he said in a Facebook post.

Dr Sim said the drop in severe cases could be attributed to the effects of the Covid-19 vaccines where nearly 80 percent of Sarawak adults have received their first vaccine dose and over 50 percent have received their second dose as of July 22.

He added, the restrictions in terms of social and economic activities too could have played a part in bringing down the severe Covid-19 cases.

“It is inevitable that we will be living with Covid-19 in Sarawak as the virus that is less than 18 months old has been changing.

“More variants will come and our policy will need to change; we need to adapt to it by changing the way we live,” he said.

Dr Sim said, regardless, the vaccine rollout must be continued to ensure every Sarawakian who are eligible for the vaccines are inoculated.

“At the same time, we must be on high alert and vigilant. We must continue with the strict standard operating procedures (SOPs), wear face mask, observe physical distancing and minimise social activities,” he said.

The Local Government and Housing Minister said those who might exhibit symptoms of Covid-19 must get themselves tested immediately to prevent its spread.

“Please isolate yourself until your results are out, don’t go to work or places of worship or public places. Early treatment can prevent deaths from Covid-19,” he reminded.