Use data to understand disease, says Dr Sim

CovidNow website.

KUCHING: Members of the public are encouraged to follow the granular data released by the Health Ministry through its newly launched website, CovidNow.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said by doing this, the public can understand the complexity in tackling the pandemic.

“The newly launched website consolidates all the data into one site. 

With access to an updated source of granular data, the public will be equipped with all the information needed to succeed in our war against Covid-19 together.

“We would like to encourage as many people to utilise the granular data, going beyond just knowing about the total number of new cases. We should make good use of this platform as a guide in this post-Covid-19 vaccination era.

“Let’s learn about the complexity of our war with Covid-19 together,” he said in a Facebook post on Friday (Sept 10).

At the same time, Dr Sim said Sarawak is very fortunate to have a high vaccination rate as with it, despite having the highest numbers due to Delta, the state’s death rate is among the lowest. 

“Because of vaccination, there is a decrease in severity (of cases). Fortunately, for those who are in intensive care units (ICUs), there is no need for ventilation,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Local Government and Housing minister said, like the rest of the world, Sarawak is learning about Covid-19 every day.

“We are really happy to have so many Sarawakians interested in learning about the different stages of a pandemic, what needs to be done and how to do it.

“I am also very proud of our medical experts for working beyond their call of duty and to generously share their knowledge, as they are the ones who know what’s best for our local setting. 

“Not every country or state is the same. What works for one country or state may not be suitable for others as we all face different challenges,” he said.

Dr Sim added, what is needed now is to continue the spirit of solidarity, to remain united and support the medical experts so the state can overcome Covid-19.