Take lessons from Sivagangga cluster

Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: The public is urged to practise precautionary measures and take lessons from the recent Sivagangga cluster in Kedah, Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said.

He said Sarawakians must not let their guard down despite the consecutive five days zero-streak of cases in the state as the virus was still around and remained infectious.

“Unfortunately, a lot of people fail to realise the severe consequences of not following standard operating procedures (SOPs) or the new norms.

“The current outbreak in Kedah is a lesson for us to learn what not to do,” he said in a Facebook post.

Dr Sim said there were similarities on how the cluster in Kedah had spread to past cases in Sarawak. It started from an imported case and the patient not complying with the 14 days home quarantine order.

“The patient was found to be Covid-19 positive but unfortunately his restaurant didn’t have a good record of customers’ names and contacts,” he said adding that contact tracing could not be done quickly by the authorities.

“Because of only one person breaking the rule, now not only more than 20 infected in this cluster but five schools have closed and the district has to be put under enhanced movement control order (EMCO),” he said.

Dr Sim said for Sarawakians, if they love themselves, their families and the state, they would do well to adhere to the SOPs and not fall prey to fake news.

“Let’s continue to do our part and play our role seriously, strictly practise the new norms, SOPs, physical distancing, wear face masks and avoid crowded places. No other options but to prevent a second wave,” he said.