Uggah: Mask up, heed MOH advise on new Covid-19 variant as its severity is still unknown

Douglas Uggah Embas

By Ashley Sim

KUCHING, Nov 1: State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman and Sarawak Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas urges Sarawakians to heed the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) advice, as Malaysia is experiencing a wave of Covid-19 infections and the severity of the new variant is unknown.

Uggah also advised people to wear masks when in large crowds, particularly during the general election.


“Please remind all Sarawakians, especially those voting in the general election, to take every precaution possible, including wearing masks when in large crowds,” he told reporters today following the 7th Borneo Occupational Safety And Health Conference And Exhibition (BOSH) 2022 Opening Ceremony, which was held at a local hotel here today.

He went on to say that Sarawak is still seeing new Covid-19 cases every day and reminded the public to take precautions with the new variant and to remain vigilant because no one knows the severity of the new variant yet.

Meanwhile, MOH minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced on Monday (Oct 31) that Malaysia is currently experiencing a small wave of Covid-19 cases as a result of the discovery of the Omicron XBB sub-variant in the country.

Given the current situation, Khairy declared that mask use is now “highly recommended”, despite the fact that it is still voluntary.

He also reminded the public to be vigilant and extra cautious, especially as the country enters the campaign period for the 15th general election (GE15), which will include many events attended by the local community. — DayakDaily