Dr Sim predicts S’wak will see another new record high of Covid-19 cases today

Dr Sim (bottom right) highlighting a point during the webinar. Also seen clockwise from top left were Ting, Dr Chew, Muhammad, Audry and Abang Helmi. Screenshot taken from Sarawak Business Federation’s (SBF) Facebook page.

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By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, Feb 24: Sarawak may witness another record high number of Covid-19 cases today, says Minister for Local Government and Housing Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

Dr Sim who is also the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor said the number of Covid-19 cases for the two months in 2021 in Sarawak has exceeded 6,000 cases.

“Today is going to have a very big number (of Covid-19 cases).

“It’s going to be another record today. And then (if) we have 6,000 people (positive) in two months, we are going to get 36,000 people infected,” he said during a live webinar organised by the Sarawak Business Federation (SBF) entitled Covid-19 vaccination and the impact on Sarawak business today.

As of today, the highest daily record of 270 Covid-19 cases in Sarawak was on Feb 4, 2021, with 96 cases contributed from the Pasai Cluster.

To demonstrate the hike of Covid-19 this year, Dr Sim made a comparison with the two months Covid-19 statistics of this year to that of last year where since the first case of Covid-19 in Sarawak was diagnosed on March 13 to the end of last year, there were only 1,017 cases and 19 deaths.

“This is thus a critical time for the community to remain vigilant and get vaccinated by August to prevent more deaths,” urged Dr Sim.

He believed that once the community achieved herd immunity of 70 per cent by having all the citizens aged 18 years and above vaccinated, Sarawakians can think of life getting back to normal.

Among those who joined the webinar include SBF deputy president Datuk Philip Ting, Sarawak Bumiputera Entrepreneur Chambers (DUBS) chairman Datu Abang Helmi Ikhwan, Sarawak Economic Planning Unit director Dr Muhummad Abdullah Zaidel, Sarawak Tourism Federation (STF) president Audry Wan Ullok and Borneo Medical Centre board of management chairman Dr John Chew. — DayakDaily