Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: The Covid-19 pandemic in Sarawak would have been much difficult to contain if it weren’t for the movement control order (MCO), said Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

Citing from the data recorded by the Sarawak Health Department’s Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC), he said the peak weekly incidence rate (IR) of Covid-19 is at 4.41 during 14th epidemiological week.

“We must try to keep the incidence rate below one at all costs. Samarahan also has the highest incidence rate by division – whereby the cases could have spread from Kuching.

“I was told that if not for the enforcement of MCO, 80,000 people in Kuching would have been infected based on the modelling by the Imperial College of London.

“If the death rate is at three per cent, we would’ve lost 2,400 Sarawakians from Kuching alone,” he said in a Facebook post on Saturday.

Dr Sim expressed thanks to the Health Department for collecting the data along with performing contact tracing and enforcements.

“Thank you very much everyone for your Sarawak solidarity and united war effort. Your actions, cooperation, sacrifices, resulted in only 17 Sarawakian casualties.

“But we must not be complacent as the virus before MCO on March 18 is still very much alive. Let’s prevent the second wave,” he said.