Sibu sees only three cases today but residents cautioned against letting their guard down

Sibu's iconic landmark — the swan statue by the Rajang River.

SIBU, July 24: Sibu is still not out of the woods yet despite recording just three new Covid-19 cases today.

This is the lowest daily toll since the Covid-19 outbreak in the Pasai cluster on Jan 8 this year.

However, Sibu Divisional Disaster Management Committee Dr Annuar Rapaee cautioned the residents against letting their guard down with the one-digit cases.

“Only three cases today and many people are happy as it is the lowest since January. If you ask me whether I am happy, I would say we should not now as we need to see the effect of the Delta variant case and the positive effect from the vaccine rollout,” he said when speaking during his Covid-19 updates via Facebook Live today.

The sole Delta variant case involved a 29-year-old Indonesian illegal immigrant who was tested positive after samples were sent to Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) for confirmation testing recently.

“We need to be very careful with this Delta variant as it is very contagious. We need also to keep working together with the authorities and encourage those who have not been vaccinated to get vaccinated and continue to follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs),” he urged.

Of the three cases today, two were reported in Sibu Municipal Council’s area in Tiong Hua and Salim zones and another case at Sibujaya flat here.

On the number of people who had received the vaccine as at July 22, he said 84.3 per cent or 211,330 people had their first dose while 52.3 per cent or 131,118 people had their second dose from a total population of 250,735.

To a question by a viewer on whether private companies could operate at full force if all their staff had received their second dose, the Nangka assemblyman said the State Disaster Management Committee would decide on the matter. — DayakDaily