Sarawakians Urged to Cooperate with Random Covid-19 Testing

KUCHING: People in Sarawak have been urged to cooperate with random testing for Covid-19 following a recent increase in local transmissions.

State Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the random testing at high-risk sites was part of stepping up surveillance for Covid-19 as advised by the state’s medical experts.

“(I) hope the public (will) not (feel) alarmed, but will cooperate with the random PCR swab screening at wet markets, kindergartens, preschools, construction and plantation sites and all the other high risk or potential hot spots.

“This is to protect you, your family and of course every Sarawakian,” he said in a Facebook post on Saturday (July 18) night.

This comes after Sarawak reported seven new cases on Saturday, comprising two imported cases and five local transmissions.

Two of the locally infected cases were detected from active screening of the Stutong market here, resulting in the new Stutong cluster.

Dr Sim noted that 18 cases of local transmissions were reported in Sarawak in the last nine days, including 13 in Kuching in the last four days.

He said agencies under the state disaster management committee had been directed to be prepared for a potential second wave of infections.

On personal protective equipment (PPE), he said the state had already obtained two cargo loads of supplies from China.

“With the appropriate use of PPE, our medical personnel and other frontliners should be well-prepared,” he said.

He also said the state’s PCR testing capacity had increased to a minimum of 3,000 samples per day, with resources pooled from various government agencies, universities, clinical research centres and four designated Covid-19 hospitals.

However, he reminded the public that they played an important role in preventing a second wave in Sarawak.

“Do your part seriously. Let’s continue the spirit of Sarawak solidarity which enabled us to flatten the first wave,” he said.


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