Covid-19: Next 2 to 3 weeks most critical though the end is in sight

File photo of Dr Sim Kui Hian speaking during a live broadcast.

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By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, Jan 28: The threat of Covid-19 may have come to an end in Sarawak but before it goes away, it will try to leave a trail of destruction.

This is the view of Local Government and Housing Minister Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui who expressed it on his social media page yesterday.

“The end of Covid-19 pandemic may be in sight but the most dangerous period of the pandemic is now.”

“Next two to three weeks will be the most critical for the war with Covid-19 for Sarawak,” said Dr Sim.

The Batu Kawa assemblyman said for Sarawak, fighting Covid-19 is like sailing on uncharted water as none in the present Sarawak leadership has ever experienced the pandemic.

“(It has been) steep learning curve worldwide, we had our shares of success and failure.

“But salute and thanks to fellow Sarawakians and all the frontliners for your understanding, cooperation, sacrifices, solidarity. We stay strong to fight the war of our generation — Covid-19,” said Dr Sim.

Meanwhile, Dr Sim also dived into the issue of deaths related to Covid-19 where there may be 41 cases died related Covid-19 but only the deaths of 34 were directly attributed to Covid-19.

“For example, one who committed suicide and (was later) found to be Covid-19 positive. Nonetheless (it was) still (given a) Covid-19 funeral SOP (standard operating procedure).”

He cited another case where the cause of death was classified as a massive stroke even though the deceased was also Covid-19 positive.

“We do know that Covid-19 cases inflammation and thrombosis (blood clot). It may aggravate the stroke.”

He further pointed out that pathologists could never be too certain about deaths related to Covid-19 when the deceased was found to be infected by it as “we had so much to learn immunopathophysiologically on this new virus on human”. — DayakDaily