We’ll wait for NSC to declare endemic phase: CM

Abang Johari (third left) with Deputy Chief Minister and chairman of SDMC Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas (second left) and Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian (second right) watching the vaccination process at the vaccination booth during their visit to the Dewan Majma vaccination centre for students aged 16-17 years. Also seen is Dr Lenny Martini Hamden (left). Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: The state government will wait for the National Security Council (NSC) to declare the transition from the pandemic to endemic phase of Covid-19.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said Sarawak has to rely on the decision at the national level for relaxations on inter-state movement, among others.

“The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) has decided to allow relaxations to those who have been fully vaccinated.

“Those who want to return to Sarawak to meet their spouses and parents, they can do so without requiring quarantine with the condition that they must be fully vaccinated.

“However, for those who are coming in from overseas, we have to follow the (existing) procedures,” he said when met after visiting the Dewan Majma vaccination centre (PPV) earlier today.

Abang Johari said the relaxation announced by SDMC is among the steps to prepare Sarawak for the next phase of Covid-19.

“For the new phase, I believe we will depend on the decision of the national-level (NSC) on whether the endemic can be declared. That is up to them,” he said.

Abang Johari with Deputy Chief Minister and chairman of SDMC Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas (centre) and Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Satok Branch deputy chief Datuk Ibrahim Baki (right) touring the Dewan Majma vaccination centre for students aged 16-17 years. Photo: Ramidi Subari

The chief minister said currently, Sarawak while recording high Covid-19 cases, has kept its hospitalisation rate at a low level which showed that it is ready for the endemic phase.

“Our cases are still more than 3,000 because of the backlog in testing. The reason why the cases are high is due to the increased testing. But the new cases are mostly in Categories 1 and 2,” he said.

Meanwhile on the teen vaccination, Abang Johari said 65,252 teenagers aged 12 to 17 have been inoculated.

Of the total, 61,271 are from the age group of 16-17 while another 3,981 are from the age group of 12 to 15 with comorbidities.

“This means as of Sept 15 we have achieved a full vaccination rate of 78.8 percent of the state’s population. This means that we are on track to achieve our target.

“By the end of the year, most of our people, including teenagers, have been given the vaccine jab and protected,” he said.