Only one new Covid-19 case reported at Sibu Jaya flats

Dr Annuar Rapaee

SIBU, March 23: With only one new Covid-19 case reported at the Sibu Jaya flats today, there is hope that the end of the outbreak there is in sight.

The sole case was reported in TownVilla Block 3A. Cumulatively, there were 1,079 cases reported in the 20-flat complex and Townvilla area.

In his daily Covid-19 update via a Facebook livestream today, Sibu Divisional Disaster Management Committee coordinator, Dr Annuar Rapaee was quite optimistic that all 20 flat blocks will achieve green status (zero new cases) in two to three weeks’ time.


Twelve of the 20 flat blocks are now green status, followed by six under yellow status and two under orange status.

“Congratulations to the residents of the flats for helping to bring the case numbers down. Hopefully in two to three weeks, all flats will be green,” he said.

Dr Annuar said the committee will conduct another active case detection (ACD) exercise for Sibu Jaya this Saturday and Sunday (March 27 and 28) at the Pasar Tamu site.

“We are having it on the weekend as the response will be better. The ACD is not due to another outbreak but to clean up (sic) Sibu Jaya of the virus. So do not have the misconception,” he said.

On a request by a netizen for drive-thru ACD, he said it would depend on whether it gets the greenlight from Sibu Division Health Officer Dr Teh Jo Hun.

The Nangka assemblyman also responded to queries from Sibu residents on when the district will achieve zero new cases.

“Many people have been asking me when we will have zero case. From the chart we can see that cases have come down from Week 11 to 12. We cannot have zero case all of a sudden but there are positive developments in the reduction of cases,” he added.

The first two days of Week 12 saw daily case numbers drop below 40 (38 on March 22 and 36 on March 23)

“If we continue to record below 40 cases daily during this Week 12, then it will show a downward trend if we continue to adhere to the SOP (standard operating procedure),” he said.

On holding Ramadan Bazaars, he said the State Disaster Management Committee had not yet made a decision whether to permit it.

Of the 36 cases reported here today, 26 were from Sibu Municipal Council areas, nine were in Sibu Rural District Council areas and one occurred at the Sibu Jaya flats. — DayakDaily