Low-grade Covid-19 spreading in the community, affects young adults, children

Dr Sim (left) and from top right Wee, Ting and Lo discussing the Covid-19 situation in Sarawak during live streaming on Facebook. The screenshot is taken from Wee’s live streaming today.

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, Mar 27: The Covid-19 is spreading in the community through low-grade transmission affecting young adults and children.

Minister for Local Government and Housing Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian observed that most of the Covid-19 positive cases reported in the past two weeks were asymptomatic.

He said most of the positive cases identified were young adults who have subsequently infected their children at home.

“For the whole week, the daily cases are in triple digits figure.

“We have low grade sustained community spread,” he said during the live streaming of Kuching South City Council (MBKS) mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng’s Facebook which is titled “Shall Wee Talk?”.

Dr Sim reiterated that the state government maintain the policy of active case detection and isolate the close contact of positive cases to protect the lives of Sarawakian citizens.

He pointed out that the lives of Sarawakians are more crucial than the reported figure of Covid-19 although Sarawak reported triple digits number in the past week.

Meanwhile, Dr Sim explained that if the Sarawak government were to follow the policy in Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah of not carrying out active case detection and isolating of close contacts, Covid-19 will continue to spread in the community and workplaces.

In the meantime, he noted 128 cases out of the 213 cases of coronavirus reported yesterday were close contacts to Covid-19 positive cases.

Dr Sim added 41 cases out of the 213 cases identified were from the second swab test.

On the registration of the Covid-19 vaccination programme, Dr Sim said only 56 per cent of the population in Sarawak registered as of to-date.

Elaborating further, he said approximately 600,000 Sarawakians registered manually through filing forms and more than 500,000 Sarawakians registered through their smartphones.

Among those who joined live streaming include Wee, Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) chairman Lo Khere Chiang and Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) chairman Clarence Ting. —DayakDaily