Covid-19 curve in Sarawak plateauing, Sarawak govt aiming for zero case status

Abang Johari (centre) showing the Covid-19 trend in Sarawak at a press conference at Wisma Bapa Malaysia today (Mar 26, 2020).

By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, Mar 26: The Covid-19 curve in Sarawak has been plateauing but Sarawak government is aiming at zero case status.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg made the announcement today at a press conference at Wisma Bapa Malaysia where he also expressed hope that Sarawak may be able to completely be rid of the Covid-19 threat after moving into the early next stage of second phase of Movement Control Order (MCO).

“The committee noted that since the implementation of the MCO on March 18, 2020 till today, the trend of COVID-19 transmission (positive cases) in Sarawak has been stabilised, and therefore I appeal to all Sarawakians to continue to abide by the MCO and stay at home.

“This will definitely help us to reduce the impact of Covid-19 to Sarawak,” said Abang Johari.

He unveiled the graph of Sarawak’s Covid-19 trend where on Mar 21, the number of cases peaked at 10 positive cases but since then, the trend has gone downward.

“Then it comes down to 8 (positive) cases, 6, 5 and 4 and stabilising. Today, there are also four (cases), meaning, it is going to stabilise.

The graph showing Covid-19’s trend in Sarawak.

“We abide by MCO, there is a possibility after 14 days, this one (the trend) will come down. Today is the ninth day, so (by) 14th day, there is possibility that this figure will come down.

“It is our objective to have zero (case), or at least, within these 14 days, or 16 to 17 days, it will come to zero,” said Abang Johari.

He said when the figures show a downward trend, another meeting will be called to make further decision.

“If we really abide by the discipline of MCO, I believe that we will be going towards positive trend,” said Abang Johari

On the question why Sarawak extended its MCO as announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yesterday when Sarawak in general is experiencing a plateauing Covid-19 trend, Abang Johari said this was because Sarawak just abide by the decision of the prime minister.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced yesterday that MCO would be extended which should be ended on Mar 31, will continue for another two weeks. — DayakDaily