Covid-19 cases will remain high in Kuching over the next few days

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The White Cat statue at Padungan in Kuching wearing a face mask and holding a banner from the Kuching South City Council reminding the public to stay at home. – ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE / THE STAR

By Emma Victoria

KUCHING is expected to report a high number of Covid-19 cases in the coming days due to mass screenings at the Covid-19 One-Stop Centre (COSC) at the Kuching South City Council’s (MBKS) community hall.

Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the surge in daily cases was also due to the South African Covid-19 variant (B.1.351), which has been detected in the state’s capital since April 26.

In a Facebook post, he said cases detected in shopping centres and wet markets were linked to the South African Covid-19 variant.

“Apart from that, post-festive celebration (Hari Raya) also contributed to the spike in Covid-19 cases in Kuching,” he wrote on his Facebook.

In the last two days, Kuching reported a drastic surge in Covid-19 cases, with over 100 cases reported each day.

Dr Sim said the cases will remain high and it is important to detect as many cases as possible in Kuching, Samarahan and Serian, especially those without any symptoms but can still transmit the virus to others.

“Let’s not have “low” numbers (of cases) because we don’t aggressively test and (later) end up with sudden surge of symptomatic patients overnight, (where) the ICU will be full, the mortuary will be full,” he said.

He hoped the health department will take necessary legal action against anyone who breached the SOPs, including those who are positive, as this will increase awareness, save lives and prevent more positive cases.