Sarawak surrounded by a ring of ‘Covid-19 fire’

Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Oct 12: Sarawak is truly surrounded by a ring of fire of Covid-19 outbreak.

This is the view of State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian, referring to the neighbouring areas identified as high risk for the coronavirus namely Peninsular Malaysia, Indonesia and Sabah.

In stating this, he urged Sarawakians not to travel outside of the state for the time being if it is unnecessary.

“Don’t travel outside Sarawak unnecessarily for the time being if you love your family and friends.

“Don’t come back to Sarawak from Sabah or West Malaysia or any other areas with Covid-19 outbreaks for the time being if you love your family, your friends and Sarawak,” he urged.

Dr Sim, in his Facebook post earlier today, was alluding to the one new Covid-19 case reported in Kuching today who just returned from Sabah.

The index case is a supervisor working in a construction company in Samarahan who just came back from Kota Kinabalu on his holiday.

He arrived in Sarawak through the Kuching International Airport (KIA) on Oct 1 and his first rapid test polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test was negative.

On his 10th day of home quarantine on Oct 9, he was swabbed again and this time, the result came back positive although the patient showed no symptoms.

As such, the Minister of Housing and Local Government urged all Sarawakians to protect Sarawak from domestic or international imported cases.

“It may be inconvenient to you personally but at least your family is safe.

“For those in Sarawak, let’s protect Sarawak and continue to be vigilant, practice the new norm, SOPs, and physical social distancing,” he said.—DayakDaily