Bintulu MP angered by parents’ negligence of children, 2yo toddler among Covid-19 cases yesterday

Tiong monitoring Covid-19 swab tests in a housing community. Taken from Tiong's Facebook page.

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By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Sept 2: A two-year-old toddler was among the 211 Covid-19 cases reported in Bintulu Division yesterday (Sept 1), says Bintulu MP Dato Sri Tiong King Sing.

Of the total number of cases where Bintulu district registered 174 cases, Tatau with 34 and Sebauh with five, he said 24 cases were adolescents and children under the age of 18.

“Do parents care about their children’s health or would they rather seek more immediate short-term conveniences by not caring about the safety guidelines?” he questioned, infuriated with the public’s negligence of children who are ineligible for vaccination.

There is, at the moment, no room for entertainment through social gatherings or parties, especially with the deadly Delta variant in the State, he cautioned the adults who are potential carriers of Covid-19.

Tiong said Bintulu’s caseload yesterday was double the number of the day before yesterday (Aug 31) and it had resulted in bed shortages at Low-risk Treatment and Quarantine Centres (PKRCs).

“There are nearly 400 confirmed cases who have not been arranged to be sent to any PKRCs or hospitals and about 300 at present are close contacts who can only be isolated at home,” he said in a social media post last night.

Among the 211 confirmed cases, he added, 79 were individuals with Covid-19 symptoms who walked in for swab tests at health clinics or other facilities.

Thus, the actual number of individuals that are potentially infected within the community remains unknown.

With Covid-19 spreading like wildfire across Sarawak, Tiong urged the public in Bintulu not to be complacent to avoid past efforts of bringing down local case numbers from going down the drain.

“We must not treat the pandemic situation lightly now. Everyone must stay home as much as they can in order to protect each other,” he said. — DayakDaily