Stay home to reduce Covid-19 exposure

Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: Sarawakians are advised to stay home to limit themselves from exposure to Covid-19 transmissions.

Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the people should avoid social gathering among neighbours, friends and extended families.

“Take away your food, shop on your own and practise hand hygiene. If anyone has even very mild symptoms of any sort, get yourself PCR tested,” he said in a Facebook post on Thursday.

On the new workplace cluster detected in Bintulu, namely the Jalan Sultan Iskandar Cluster, Dr Sim said it was a typical transmission in the urban area of Sarawak.

“The index case was infected from the community and transmitted to colleagues at work and family members. Strictly self-isolate until (your Covid-19 test) results are out. Early diagnosis and treatment save lives,” he said.

He said to reduce exposure at workplace, face to face interactions should be minimised through the use of Zoom meetings and working from home, avoid social gatherings and activities as well as observe stringent workplace standard operating procedures (SOPs).

“Please pay attention to Sibu and Bintulu respective Divisional SOPs on operational hours and what activities are allowed or disallowed.

“Only Sarawak has the right to gazette the Divisional Disaster Management Committee (SOPs), activities apart from the Health Ministry and the National Security Council (MKN).”

Dr Sim said while many were aware of the daily number of Covid-19 cases, it was also important to look at the current death rate, the patients in intensive care unit (ICU) and the Covid-19 testing and surveillance.

“Covid-19 cases from walk-in testing imply community transmission while cases in quarantine are linked to clusters or close contact tracing,” he said.