Walk-in positive cases worrying

Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: A high number of Covid-19 cases recorded through walk-in polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing at health clinics is worrying, said Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

He said while 216 of the 296 cases recorded on Saturday (Apr 10) were already under quarantine, the remaining are individuals who were diagnosed through walk-in testing.

“Although being under quarantine is an inconvenience to individuals, their family members, colleagues and friends are safe. 

“To those who were exposed or potentially exposed, please go to any Klinik Kesihatan (health clinics) to be risk-assessed and PCR-tested. 

“(We are) worried about the number of walk-in positive cases — 31 symptomatic and 49 asymptomatic,” he said in a Facebook post on Saturday (Apr 10).

Dr Sim said, according to the trend, despite not having multiplying or amplifying events, Sarawak has around 50 to 100 new cases per day. 

“From contact tracing in the last 14 days, if you meet 10 people per day, it means that about 7,000-14,000 people are being exposed per day,” he said.

The Local Government and Housing Minister said to reduce the spike in Covid-19 cases, a strict enforcement of the movement control order (MCO) could make a difference, adding that the community too needs to be vaccinated to boost their immunity.