S’wak southern zone needs to be patient until Covid-19 caseloads drop to enter NRP Phase 3

Sim Kiang Chiok

KUCHING, Aug 4: Sarawak’s southern zone including Kuching, Samarahan, Serian, Lundu, Bau, Tebedu and Asajaya will have to be patient until the daily Covid-19 caseloads drop to join the rest of the State in Phase 3 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP).

Sarawak Housing and Real Estate Development (Sheda) Kuching branch chairman Sim Kiang Chiok said meanwhile, some restrictions in other regions of Sarawak will be relaxed which includes some social, religious, sports and economic activities.

“With the SDMC (State Disaster Management Committee) announcement that we are moving into Phase 3 (except for the southern zone), more activities will be permitted thus allowing us to restore our lifestyle towards the old norms.

“In Phase 3, all economic sectors will be allowed to operate at 100 per cent except those in the negative list such as night clubs, pubs, cinemas and karaokes which are still prohibited,” he said.

He added this new phase will then allow more businesses to be resumed and reduce their losses, also with the stimulus packages from the federal and State governments.

Sim, who is also Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Stakan branch chairman, said now that Sarawak is under localised emergency until Feb 2, 2022, the people can rest assured that State elections will not be called until after Sarawak achieves herd immunity.

“So, we can now all concentrate on achieving high vaccination rates and to resume economic activities to restore our livelihood,” he said in a statement today.

He also commended the Sarawak government’s excellent vaccination effort where 84.6 per cent of adult population has been covered with first dose of vaccines and 65.7 per cent with two doses as of Aug 1.

At the current pace, he is confident that 85 per cent of total population will receive their two doses by Aug 22 to put Sarawak as the second fastest State in Malaysia to reach herd immunity after Labuan.

“Stay safe, stay healthy, and always comply with the SOP against Covid-19 infection. Getting vaccinated is the best way out of this pandemic,” said Sim. — DayakDaily