Dr Sim: Covid-19 Delta variant is now endemic in Sarawak

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KUCHING, Aug 31: With the Covid-19 Delta variant now endemic in the community, it is uncertain whether Sarawak would change its strategy in battling the virus.

Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said in view of the Delta variant becoming endemic, whereby the infection is consistently present within the population, West Malaysia and Sabah have now instructed that only those with symptoms would be swabbed.

“Like Singapore or the United Kingdom in the post-vaccination era, Sarawak will need to live with the virus and reopen its economic sectors slowly and safely.

“However, we still need to be on alert and not panic or misled by fake news; play our roles in non-pharmaceutical and public health measures to reduce community transmission so as not overwhelm the healthcare and hospital system,” he said in a Facebook post last night.

He further informed that Sarawak has done more than 20,000 PCR tests amounting to RM2 million in costs.

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) yesterday reported that Kuching district has registered 918 new infections.

To date, 32 areas in Kuching Division placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) have more than six confirmed cases so far.

They are Lorong Cahaya Damai (21), Taman Sukma (19), Kpg Tabuan Hilir (16), Taman Malihah (15), Kuarters Kim Hin (15), Kpg Tabuan Lot (13), Taman Dahlia (13), Taman Sepakat Jaya (12), RPR Batu Kawa (12), Kpg Siol Kandis (11), Taman Sri Permai (11), Kpg Bako (11), Lrg Cahaya Mata (10), Kpg Sri Harmoni (9), Kpg Sikog (9), Jln Cenderawasih (9), Kpg Tabuan Haji Drahman (9), Kpg Semerah Padi (9), Kpg Tabuan Dani (8), Kpg Bintawa Hilir (7), Jln Batu Kitang (7), Taman Matang Jaya (7), Jln Sungai Apong (7), Kpg Sinar Budi Baru (7), Kpg Tupong Jaya (7), Kpg Pinang Jawa (6), PGA Batu Kawa (6), Jln Semba (6), Jln Stutong Baru (6), Kpg Astana Lot (6), Kpg Sagah (6) and Taman Desa Wira (6).

Meanwhile in Samarahan Division, 29 symptomatic cases were reported in Asajaya (10), Simunjan (6) and Samarahan (13) yesterday with 63 other cases involving close contacts to positive cases.

On the other hand, Serian Division reported 43 symptomatic cases, 55 cases of self screening at health facilities as well as 230 cases of close contacts across 76 locations in Serian and 12 locations in Tebedu. — DayakDaily