By Jacon Ahchoi
BAU, Oct 25: The state as of noon today recorded eight new cases of Covid-19.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said six of the cases are from family contact of positive cases, while the other two are local cases.
“We are still investigating the cases,” Uggah told reporters today.
He has earlier officiated at the Agriculture Community Outreach Programme (AgriICOP) and the launch of Banana Cluster Planting at Dewan Singai, here.
Uggah, who is Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman however did not disclose the districts of the new cases, saying that the details would be announced later in the evening.
Uggah said SDMC will have a meeting to decide whether there was a need to carry out Active Case Detection (ACD) operation.
“Looking at the trend in Sarawak though the curve is flattening, we have to be extra careful and SDMC will convene to discuss whether we need to do any ACD operation and Contact Tracing Programme (CTP) in the affected areas.
“The whole idea of CTP is to isolate them and that is what we want to do,” Uggah stressed.
He assured that SDMC is in full swing in monitoring the Covid-19 pandemic.
“For Sarawak, we are closely monitoring the situation and the public must remain vigilant and abide by the standard operating procedure (SOP),” he said.
He appealed to the public not to spread rumours and fake news that could cause unnecessary panic.
He said stories that went viral on social media not to visit Lundu and Sematan, and a clinic at Jalan Masjid in Kuching are fake news.
Uggah also said that the state of emergency, if declared would not affect Sarawak’s task to fight Covid-19 pandemic.
“I’m not aware of that (emergency) because we are busy fighting Covid-19, we are busy protecting Sarawak with the lowest Covid-19 cases in the country.” he said. —DayakDaily