Start limiting movement, public told

Atmosphere around India Street in Kuching.

KUCHING: The public must limit their movement in the next few weeks as a measure to stop the surge in Covid-19 cases in Sarawak.

Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian who made the advice said this would be for the whole of Sarawak and not only in red zones such as Sibu, Kanowit, Miri and Kuching.

“Work from home if possible, take away your food rather than dining in, no window shopping and stay home. Love yourself, your family and your friends,” he said in a Facebook post on Thursday (Jan 21).

While Kuching is recording relatively low Covid-19 cases, it shouldn’t instil a false sense of confidence in the public, Dr Sim stressed.

“Following the observation for Kuching from Sarawak General Hospital (SGH), we must not be deceived by its low number.

“We need to get category of people who are unwell having mild symptoms to stop moving as they are driving the outbreak at least in Kuching now.

“Between pre-Christmas and New Year they were found moving at malls especially Viva City and The Spring,” he said.

Dr Sim said from Jan 1 until now, the group has been found at coffee shops stretching from Pandungan to Jalan Ang Cheng Ho to Icom Square as well as around vibrant parts of Kuching, namely Jalan Song, Tabuan Jaya and Saradise

On recent casualty of Covid-19 in Sarawak, he said such must be prevented in the future as with the 20 percent of symptomatic cases, some five percent of these are critical cases.

“While 80 percent are with mild or no symptoms, if not detected, they will continue to spread the infection.

“We need help to find up as many asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic patients as possible to cut the transmission,” he said.

Dr Sim said for the group, they must go for screening and not leave their house aside for scheduled swab tests.

“Please practise physical distancing at all times, and avoid face-to-face meetings or travel at the moment,” he advised.