By Nur Ashikin Louis
KANOWIT, July 31: Sarawak has achieved 62.5 per cent herd immunity so far, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
With such progress, he is optimistic that the State would be able to achieve the target of 80 per cent herd immunity by the end of Aug 2021.
Additionally, some 83.2 per cent of eligible people in the State have received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccines.
“Despite the daily infections recording an unsteady rate of ups and downs, the death rate has decreased. This is important to indicate whether we are successful or not in combating the virus.
“Secondly, based on the existing report that we have, the ICU bed occupancy and admission to hospitals have shown a decreasing trend. This means that vaccination has effectively reduced deaths and hospitalisations related to Covid-19 in Sarawak,” he said during his visit to the Nanga Jagau Mobile Outreach Vaccination Centre (PPV) in Kanowit today.
Abang Johari further said that although the number of Covid-19 cases is still high, most of them are under Category 1 and 2 with mild symptoms. Following this, he said it is an achievement by the Sarawak government, stating that the State is one of the best states in terms of vaccination performance.
He added that most of the urban population in Sarawak had been vaccinated with some interior areas being left to be covered.
In the meantime, he said the government is still waiting for an update on the shipment of the China’s CanSino vaccine from the supplier.
He confirmed that the single-dose vaccine would be certainly used in the State.
At the same time, Abang Johari wished Happy Warriors’ Day to the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) and other enforcement agencies as well as expressing his appreciation for their contribution in ensuring peace and security of the people. – DayakDaily