By Adrian Lim
KUCHING, May 11: Despite all signs showing that Covid-19 curve is flattening in Sarawak, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas reminds all Sarawakians not to be complacent as the pandemic may return.
“We have witnessed our cases peaked and gradually observed the flattening of the curve. Our positive cases maintained in single digit these couple of days. Numbers of district turning green has increased.
“However, we should not be complacent. Until the Covid-19 vaccine is found, there is not much reason for us to belief and expect that this pandemic will come to a quick and decisive end,” Uggah told the august house during at the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting today.
He said according to the Imperial College report, even if Covid-19 has peaked, reversed waves may occur as shown by coronavirus trend in Singapore.
“Therefore, let us remain united, resolute and exercise restrain, no politic – in our fight against COVID-19,” said Uggah who is also State Disaster Management Committee.
He said Sarawak is on the right track in its fight against Covid-19 and the Movement Control Order (MCO) implementation in Sarawak has managed to bring down the number of contacts per case.
Uggah who is Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development Minister said the State Health Department is also conducting Active Case Detection (ACD) and taking further steps to improve the contact tracing and testing process.
The total reported positive case in Sarawak as of yesterday (May 10) were 543 with 17 deaths. Out of the 543 positive cases, Uggah said that there are only 166 cases which are currently active.
“Out of the 40 districts in Sarawak, the number of districts in the Red zone category has recently reduced to one which is Kuching. Eight districts are now Yellow zone (including; Samarahan, Tebedu, Lundu, Sibu, Bau, Serian, Bintulu and Limbang), while 31 district are now categorized as a Green Zone, with Miri recently turn Green yesterday.”
After analysing our situation vis-à-vis the six criteria set by WHO which Sarawak has been adhering to, uggah said there is still much to be done.
He emphasised that decisions made have to balance between society health and economic impact to the State which led to the decision to allow economic activities to be open gradually beginning May 12, 2020.