Sibu is overwhelmed

File photo: A police team has been stationed at the Jalan Pasai Siong junction.

KUCHING: The Pasai Cluster will continue to grow for the next few days as it has grown beyond a few generations, said Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

“Please come forward to be tested if you were exposed (with or without symptoms), so we can detect as many positive cases from the Pasai Cluster as possible to cut the transmission,” he said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

He said Sibu had been overwhelmed with 841 cases as of Wednesday.

“It needs a bit of time to link the 40 positive cases who helped to come forward to be swabbed at the health clinic,” he said.

He thanked all staff members in Sibu for carrying on caring for patients despite their exhaustion.

Meanwhile, Dr Sim appealed for assistance from the people of Kuching to find as many asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic patients as possible to cut Covid-19 transmissions.

He said since Kuching was declared a red zone earlier in January, it had been seeing local transmission cases of close contacts to various clusters.

“If you are unwell, no matter how mild the symptoms are, go and see a doctor and ask for a swab test. Self-quarantine at home; do not leave the house other than for scheduled swab tests.

“Do not visit the kopitiam or restaurants or attend any meetings. Get help from family members or friends to takeaway food. Do not send your children to daycare or school — inform their teachers,” he said.

Pointing out that a record high of 203 cases had been recorded in Sarawak on Wednesday, he emphasised that panic, anxiety, and politics would not help.

Instead, Dr Sim said the actions of the people were key in minimising movements, be it social- or work-related, for the next 14 days.