KUCHING: Sarawak can still contain the Covid-19 outbreak by restricting the movements of its people to curb the spread of the virus, Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said.
“That is why the conditional movement control order (CMCO) was imposed for the whole of Sarawak from Jan 18 to Jan 31. Sibu is currently undergoing movement control order (MCO) instead of CMCO,” he said in a Facebook post on Saturday (Jan 16).
Dr Sim said while Sarawak recorded 69 cases on Saturday, a large portion of the cases were linked to the Pasai cluster in Sibu.
“We also registered nine imported cases; hence we still need to be stricter at our air, land and sea borders as more infectious Covid-19 variants are emerging from the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil,” he warned.
The Batu Kawa assemblyman said five local unlinked local transmissions have also been recorded.
“While we focus on mopping up the Pasai cluster, we need to keep an eye on this local transmission before it evolves into a big cluster,” he said.
On the move towards the mitigation phase by the national health authorities, Dr Sim said despite the change in strategy, Malaysia has recorded a daily record high of 4,029 cases on Saturday.
“With the mitigation phase, it means that PCR swabs are only done if a patient has symptoms — only 20 percent of Covid-19 cases have symptoms while 80 percent have mild or no symptoms.
“Sarawak still has a chance of being in the containment phase instead of the mitigation phase,” he said.