Delta variant dominant in Kuching now, other areas also at risk


By S. Harrish

THE highly contagious Delta variant of Covid-19 has become the dominant strain in Kuching and it could spread to other parts of the state.

State Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian warned that other variants have also been detected and the people should remain vigilant.

“Covid-19 has changed and the virus will continue to mutate with new variants emerging,” he said in a Facebook posting.

He said a total of 96 Covid-19 cases reported in Kuching yesterday involved those who have been fully vaccinated.

The high number of deaths in the country and also Indonesia are due to the Delta variant, he said, adding that its incubation period was longer with up to a month.

Dr Sim said vaccination was the only way now to ensure it does not cause death or severe health issues.

Sarawak has now vaccinated 82.5% of the population with the first dose and 60.1% with the second dose.

“As it is more infectious, we still need to be on high alert with PCR tests, contact tracing, isolations and EMCO,” he said.

“Otherwise, the high numbers of infected cases will result in not enough ICU beds and oxygen,” he said.