We are transparent

Dr Annuar Rapaee

KUCHING: The public will be informed as soon as there is laboratory confirmation on whether or not the Delta variant of Covid-19 virus is spreading in Sibu.

Education, Science and Technological Research Assistant Minister Dr Annuar Rapaee said the authorities are transparent and not withholding any information of public interest.

“On the viral rumours of the Delta Covid-19 variant in Sibu, we have nothing to hide.

“If there is a Delta Covid-19 positive case in Sibu, the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) and the Divisional Health Office (DHO) will inform the public,” he said in a livestream on Saturday (July 17).

Dr Annuar said the rumour on the presence of the Delta variant started following assumptions over a Covid-19 positive case involving a foreign national whose sample was sent to the laboratory on July 12.

“I have called Universiti Malaysia Sarawak’s (Unimas) Institute of Health and Community Medicine (IHCM) director Prof Dr David Perera and he said the results are yet to be obtained.

“The result will only be known one or two weeks after July 12 even though the case was reported earlier,” he said.

The Sibu Division Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) coordinator said to date, there is no confirmation about the spread of Delta variant in Sibu.

“We hope it will not be positive (for Delta variant) but we are sending the sample to Unimas for confirmation, so we will wait for the announcement from SDMC.

“I will not make the announcement but I have to clarify that at the moment, there is no confirmation of Delta Covid-19 cases here,” he said.

Recently, news had spread about the variant already being present in Sibu due to the case of an Indonesian who tested positive for Covid-19 on July 7 and was being treated at the Sibu Hospital.

Sibu DDMC in an earlier statement on the issue had said there was no Delta Covid-19 variant in the division and called on all parties not to spread inaccurate information on the matter.