Covid-19: Dr Sim among Sarawak ministers in self-quarantine

Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING, April 3: Local Government and Housing Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian, is in self-quarantine at home after having close contact with a person who tested positive for Covid-19.

Dr Sim, in his Facebook posting, said he has been issued a letter by the state Health Department as one of the individuals under supervision, as part of the standard operation procedure (SOP) for close proximity to Covid-19 positive case.

He revealed that he was exposed to one of the Covid-19 positive patient during one of the State Disaster Management Committee meeting on March 27.

“After a few closed call (occupational hazards) despite all the precautions, one of the person attended the SDMC sub-committee meeting on 27 March was diagnosed Covid-19 positive.

“Though I am well (no cough, no SOB (short of breath), no fever), as part of the SOP for close proximity to Covid- 19 positive case (anyone exposure in last 14 days), precautionary measures means all of us in the meeting (Day 8 post exposure) will need to be self isolation@home.

“Not just in case we become infected but more importantly not to infect the others if you happen to be infected, though you are well and not having symptoms,” Dr Sim said in his Facebook posting today.

Dr Sim’s letter from the state Health Dept.

The Batu Kawah assemblyman added that he will pray for a speedy recovery of Covid-19 patients, as well as for the safety of frontliners in Sarawak to win the war against Covid-19.

“Please stay at home. That is the only way you can stop the infection and stop being infected,” he said.

It has been reported that Assistant Minister for Transport, Datuk Dr Jerip Susil, was tested positive for Covid-19 and has been quarantined at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH).

Dr Jerip revealed that he contracted the virus through the Good News Fellowship Conference Church cluster.

As a result, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas is also in self-quarantine after coming into close contact with Dr Jerip in recent meetings.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan and Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah are also in self quarantine for 14-days, following a meeting also attended by person who was later confirmed to have the virus.

Assistant Minister of International Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminal and Entrepreneur Development, Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais, was also subjected to the 14-day quarantine after having close contact with a Covid-19 positive case person. — DayakDaily