SDMC strategy to contain Covid-19 spread appears effective, says Abdul Karim

Uggah is flanked by Karim (right) and Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian speaking at SDMC press conference at Wisma Bapa Malaysia today.

By Peter Sibon

KUCHING, Apr 22: State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) deputy chairman Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah believes that that SDMC’s strategy in containing the spread of Covid-19 has been effective.

Now that the Covid-19 situation had been stabilised, he stated that they had still had to examine how the disease spread from the earlier clusters to the second, third and fourth generation of transmission.

“That’s why we have the lockdown to prevent all these strains. And once we managed to stop these spread, the curve will flatten and I believe we will be successful.

“Slowly we can see that the green zones will be getting more. That means that we are improving and sooner or later it will reach Kuching also,” Abdul Karim told a press conference at Wisma Bapa Malaysia today.


On the possibility of locking down certain areas in Kuching and Kota Samarahan, chairman of SDMC Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the committee is studying the distribution and the patterns of the spread of the virus in the two red zone areas.

“We will study the map (and the pattern). Like Singapore and KL have enforced EMCO, it is a successful operation.

“I understand in one of the places in KL they have managed to discovered 30 positive Covid-19 patients. So they control the area and the people were ordered not to go in and out. It is an effective strategy but we have to do it carefully (here) otherwise it is like catching mosquitoes but they are not there,” he said.

Uggah elaborated that currently, there seemed to be no particular distribution where it is concentrated in a small area.

“It is scattered all over Kuching and Kota Samarahan. There seems to be a pattern but it has not been established yet,” said Uggah.—DayakDaily