Mayor advises public to postpone taking resort holidays to reduce Covid-19 infection risk

Wee addressing viewers in this screenshot taken from a livestream at the MBKS Community Hall on Wee's Facebook page today (May 13, 2021).

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, May 13: Kuching South City Commission (MBKS) mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng advised the public to avoid going to resorts for vacation during public holidays.

He believed it is best for them to stay at home during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri public holidays in view of one holiday cluster of Covid-19 identified from a resort yesterday.

Wee pointed out that the public’s cooperation to remain at home is crucial to enable Sarawak to break the chain of Covid-19 infections.

“Nowadays, we found out that there are a lot of people starting to go from the city to the countryside. They thought it could be safer there.

“If you have read, there were some cases identified from resorts.

“If you go to a resort, you are mixing up with a group of strangers whereby you do not know where they come from.

“Each from a different family and if there is a case (Covid-19), it could infect 10 people,” he said during a livestream on his Facebook page today.

Meanwhile, Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a statement yesterday disclosed that a new Covid-19 dubbed the Singgahsana Lodge Cluster involving three families who were on vacation at a budget hotel.

The Singgahsana Lodge Cluster has so far infected 14 people including the index case.

As of yesterday, 66 individuals related to the cluster have been screened for Covid-19 and 52 individuals are still awaiting the results of their Covid-19 swab tests.

Meanwhile, Wee was accompanying Minister for Local Government and Housing Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian to deliver some food as appreciation to frontliners who were working at the Kuching Covid-19 One Stop Centre (OSC) located at MBKS Community Hall here.

There were more than 100 personnel from various government agencies stationed at the centre on the first day of the Hari Raya Aidilfitri festival.

At the same time, Wee appealed to the public to play their part by following preventive standard operating procedures (SOPs) and to appreciate the sacrifices and contribution of frontliners working tirelessly to battle the coronavirus pandemic for Sarawak. — DayakDaily