Zoning in Sibu, quarantine of close contacts to curb Covid-19 spread

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

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Feb 7: Zoning will be done in Sibu District based on dengue zones to alert the public on areas with high risk of exposure to Covid-19.

Sibu Division Disaster Management Committee (Sibu DDMC) chairman Dr Annuar Rapaee said this has been approved by State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) and a chart with clearer information would be released in due time.

With that, he said, the zones with higher number of Covid-19 cases can be identified and this would help the public in avoiding these places.

“Not only that the public will know which area has a high number of cases and try to avoid them, we (Sibu DDMC) will also be able to strategise our planning on how to overcome the increase in cases at these areas,” he said.

He added that zones with surges in cases would undergo mass screening immediately such as in Sibujaya today.

On a related issue, Dr Annuar asserted that close contacts of positive cases in Sibu will be sent to quarantine centres to cut down the movement of potential cases.

“For example if one in a family is positive, we might have to bring all the other family members to quarantine centres.

“That is the only way to curb the spread of this disease,” he said during the Facebook live session with Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) chairman Clarence Ting earlier today.

Meanwhile, he expressed sympathy to those celebrating Chinese New Year for not being able to celebrate like previous years as it is critical for Sibu now.

Hence, he urged the people of Sibu to stay at home if there is no need to travel outside.

“If you need to go out, do it as fast as possible and do not go to crowded places,” said Dr Annuar.

Sarawak Infectious Disease Specialist chief Dr Chua Hock Hin was also among those present during the live streaming session on Covid-19 situation in Sibu. —DayakDaily