Nangka rep: Cases in Sarawak show declining trend, no drastic increase post-election

By William Isau

SIBU, Jan 2: While the Sabah and Melaka elections had seen a spike in Covid-19 cases, it was the opposite for the recently concluded 12th Sarawak Election (12PRN).

Sibu Divisional Disaster Management Committee (SDDMC) coordinator Dr Annuar Rapaee said via his Facebook livestream last night that in addition to not seeing a drastic increase in cases, it has also seen a downward trend.

However, the Assistant Minister of Education, Innovation, and Talent Development said there are still two to three days to go.

“We will monitor the next two to three days. But from what I see, two weeks have passed from the nomination period to polling day, and Covid-19 cases in the State show a downward trend.

“Although PRN12 ended two weeks ago, the infectious rate in Sarawak is still at 0.72RT, which is ranked 16th in the country,” said the Nangka assemblyman.

Meanwhile, he said the committee would reactivate mobile vaccinations to enable people here to get their booster shots.

In Sibu, a total of 144,440 people or 72.95 per cent of eligible people, have received their booster shots.

Dr Annuar said Covid-19 cases in Sibu have continued to show a decline where so far, a total of 30 Covid-19 patients have been treated at Sibu Hospital.

“The treatment rate in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Sibu Hospital is only 30 per cent with many patients already discharged. This is the effect of getting vaccinated,” he said.

Sibu District recorded a total of 353 deaths due to Covid-19 in 2021.

In entering Phase 4 of the National Recovery Plan (PPN) tomorrow, he said that the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) will issue the standard operating procedures (SOP) later today, where many sectors will begin to open. — DayakDaily