SIBU, Oct 16: Covid-19 Category 3 to 5 cases for Sibu district continues its upward trend during the last two weeks.
Sibu Disaster Management Committee coordinator, Dr Annuar Rapaee, in revealing this at his Facebook livestream today, said there was an increase of 0.79% of cases recorded for the two weeks of Oct 3 to 9 and Oct 10 to 16.
He said for Week Oct 3 to 9, the percentage of Category 3 to 5 cases was 4.14% but this went up to 4.93% the following week.
“I urge those under home quarantine who show early signs of symptoms, to quickly report themselves to the hospital for early treatment, to avoid their complications from worsening.
“The most important thing is to continue adhering to the SOP (standard operating procedures), as we know this disease can make complications become more severe,” he advised.
The Nangka assemblyman appealed for the public’s cooperation in the fight against the coronavirus, as “we need to reduce Category 3 to 5 cases and deaths so as not to inflict heavier burden to the hospital authority.”
He believed that if everybody continue to follow the SOP strictly, the State Covid-19 R-naught will go down in two weeks’ time.
The state R-naught has gone down from 1.11 in September to 0.76 as of October 15.
“Though there is an improvement in the R-naught, under the new normal, we still need to comply with the SOP like wearing mask, avoiding crowded places, and washing hands regularly to prevent getting infected.
“Especially for those vulnerable group above 60 years old with comorbidities of high blood pressure, diabetes and heart failure, we want them to avoid hospitalisation and ICU admission,” he said.
He was also anticipating that, with the booster dose programme that had commenced this week, the number of cases would drop subsequently as shown in foreign countries that had administered it.
“Those currently eligible for the booster dose are those aged 60 and above with comorbidities, and frontliners. They will be informed through their Mysejahtera app and those without it, will be notified through phone call,” he said. — DayakDaily.