2 steps forward, 1 step back as Sarawak battles with Delta variant

By S. Harrish

THE Delta variant is clearly responsible for the spike in Covid-19 infections in Kuching, said State Disaster Management Committee advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

He said this was based on the faster transmission pattern and more infections in Greater Kuching region, which saw 85% of the 1,216 cases in the state yesterday.

He said in a Facebook posting that Sarawakians need to be alarmed by this and should take the virus more seriously by ensuring they are better protected.

Its like two step forward and one step back in the Covid-19 battle in Sarawak, he added.

“We should be alarmed by the latest numbers of new cases, so that all of us can change our behaviour and be more responsible such as wearing masks, obeying social distancing, physical distancing and all the other SOPs.”

He said the Delta variant comes with more infections, spreads earlier and faster before it can be detected as it is also airborne.

The Local Government and Housing Minister said Sarawak should continue to carry out more testing in as many localities as possible due to the Delta variant.

Dr Sim said more testing meant early detection and treatment for those infected and it can be lifesaving.

Sarawakians should not live in “blissful ignorance” but must continue testing themselves, he said.

“The sheer number of cases may cause an increase in deaths and brought-in-dead cases,” he warned.