Frontliners infected with Covid-19 did not get it at Sibu Hospital, says Dr Annuar

Screenshot of Dr Annuar speaking during a livestream session. File Photo

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SIBU, May 6: There are frontliners here who have been infected with Covid-19 but none of them were infected in Sibu Hospital, said Sibu Divisional Disaster Management Committee coordinator, Dr Annuar Rapaee.

“I am sure there is no infections at the hospital as we have been taking the matter seriously by enforcing strict standard operating procedures (SOP),” he said.

In his Sibu Covid-19 update last night via Facebook live, he said hospital frontliners who tested positive with the virus, were infected by either their family members or had close contact with other positive cases, but the infection did not occur in the hospital itself.

On May 4, a 44-year-old nurse of Sibu Hospital succumbed to Covid-19.

“Infection did affect frontliners but the number is small,” he said.

On a comment by a viewer who questioned why after almost three months of Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), Sibu is still recording a high number of cases, he said it was probably due to three factors.

“The first factor is how the implementation of the CMCO is carried out. The second is human factor which is the most difficult to control. The third is on the enforcement,” vhe said.

Separately, the Nangka assemblyman said they might reintroduce drive-through swab tests at the Sibu Library compound as it is by far the best way to screen the public.

“At this moment we still prefer to conduct ACD in hotspot areas, but we will look into it (drive-through),” he said.

Meanwhile, due to the spike of cases in Sibu Jaya yesterday of 48 cases, he said another ACD will be conducted this Saturday in the area.

“There were 48 cases or 30% of the 133 cases reported in Sibu today. Most of these 48 cases happened in flats and town villa housing,” he added.

Dr Annuar said they would find out the reasons for the re-emergence of cases in the area. — DayakDaily