Covid-19 transmission among family members rampant

Uggah (file photo. Courtesy of UKAS)

By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, Jan 29:  Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas reveals that “quite a few cases” reported today involved Covid-19 infection of a whole family.

He thus called on all Sarawakians to take care of their own health to prevent spreading the virus to their family members.

“Play our part, observe SOP (standard operating procedures), take care of our health.  When we take care of our health, we take care of the health of our family.

“Because quite a few cases reported today involved a whole family because one of the members of the family came back from outside after attending meetings, and returned home to infect their father, mother and siblings,” said Uggah at a press conference to update Covid-19 in Sarawak today.

Meanwhile, Uggah who is also Deputy Chief Minister urged all Sarawakians to cooperate to prevent whatever happened in Sarawak’s immediate neighbours including Sabah, Peninsular Malaysia and Indonesia, to occur here in Sarawak.

“We are surrounded by ‘the ring of fire’.  I read the news today which said that Indonesia recorded its highest number of deaths but I didn’t get the figure.

“In other areas, in Peninsular Malaysia, there are only one or two districts which remain as Covid-19 yellow and orange zones. The rest are all red zones.  So is Sabah,” he added.

Today, Indonesia reported a recorded death of 29,518 while Peninsular Malaysia, 5,725 new cases.

Uggah said Sarawak must avoid the same fate of the novel coronavirus rampaging through the State and this can be achieved by each Sarawakian playing their own part.

“What we need is cooperation, commitment, collaboration and sacrifice of each and every Sarawakian,” he noted.

He said the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government will play its part by providing what are needed by the frontliners, enforcing community policing, sealing off the Sarawak-Kalimantan border, expediting contact tracing and increasing the number of testing facilities to shorten the waiting time for swab test results. — DayakDaily