Covid-19 spike may last few months

Dr Sim Kui Hian. – Code Blue photo.

By John Isaac

THE spike in Covid-19 cases in Sabah and West Malaysia will have long-lasting repercussions, warns Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

“The tsunami wave (of Covid-19) cases in Sabah and West Malaysia will be with us not just for days or weeks, but months.

“With the 847 cases in Malaysia today (Thursday) and a major outbreak in Selangor which has a bigger population than Sabah, I would not be surprised that the worse is yet to come,” he said in a Facebook post reported by New Sarawak Tribune.

Dr Sim said however, Sarawakians should remain calm and not panic as the state government would be able to prevent similar spikes in the state.

“No need to panic as more importantly, (Sarawak) has the professional knowledge, medical advice, competence in policy making and proficient implementation on the ground.

“But we need the cooperation of everyone, the Sarawakian solidarity, our united war effort so that each one of us can play our part in making Sarawak the safest place in Malaysia and the island of Borneo from Covid-19.”

On the one positive case detected on Thursday in Sarawak, Dr Sim said it was the result of contract tracing done by the authorities.

“It is more worrying if there are no positive case detected from contact tracing. That means that there are no tracing and testing done.

“Expect more positive results from PCR testing of contact tracing on Day 10 of 14 days quarantine due to Sarawak government policy, which differs from West Malaysia and Sabah.”