Bandar Kuching MP calls on the public, hawkers to abide by SOPs

Dr Yii handing out face masks to hawkers and stall owners at Stutong Market.

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, July 9: Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii has called on the public and hawkers to abide by the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the Ministry of Health (MoH).

He believed the public should take precautionary measures to prevent the second wave of Covid-19 infection although Kuching had been declared a green zone for Covid-19 yesterday.

Dr Yii opined that the public should not be lax in taking precautionary measures as he believed that the virus might still be present in the community, adding that most of the recent Covid-19 cases in Sarawak were asymptomatic.

“This morning, we were on the ground at Stutong Market to meet and greet members of the public as well as to distribute face masks that were purchased using our own funds.

“We continue to raise awareness on the importance of following all the set SOPs and precautions to stop the spread of Covid-19.

“We may not have much, but we try to do as much as we can, but most importantly is the need to raise awareness for us all to continue to take all necessary precautions,” he said in a statement.

Dr Yii added that Health director general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah had mentioned yesterday that almost 70 per cent of all Covid-19 patients were asymptomatic.

He said even the imported case from Sibu reported yesterday was an asymptomatic case.

As a result, he opined that there might be more asymptomatic carriers that they do not know were infected and still in the community.

He said the fact that Kuching has been declared a green zone should not give the people a false sense of security causing the public to be lax in taking necessary precautions.

Dr Yii stressed that the public must continue to abide by the SOPs in order to keep Sarawak as a green zone for the safety of our family and loved ones.

“That is why I encourage all including the hawkers to continue to abide by all the precautions set by the MoH and not take lightly the spread of the disease.

“We all have a collective responsibility to help prevent another surge or a possibility of a second wave (of Covid-19) in our city,” he added.—DayakDaily