By S. Harrish
THE Government has been urged to be more transparent with important data and parameters of the Covid-19 pandemic in Sarawak.
Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii said this was important so that everyone can get a better picture of the disease burden and its spread in the State.
“Detailed Covid-19 data beyond the daily numbers and new clusters must be made accessible to ensure quick, informed decision-making across all sectors.”
He said this will allow people to better understand the decisions that is being made by the government including the implementation of MCO or CMCO in any regions.
“With the announcement of MCO in Kapit even when it is still classified as an orange zone, it is pertinent the government is transparent with its justification as there are other areas classified as red zones and have more cases.
“Will we see a sudden increase of cases in next few days in Kapit, possibly due to the backlog?”
Yii also urged the government to properly implement the MCO with clear SOPs that are effectively communicated to the public so that there will be no confusions or inconvenience like how it was in Sibu when first implemented.
He said it will be useful for the government to publish data including daily Rt values for all Sarawak regions.
“The Rt value should be used as an indicator on when it should be changed to MCO, CMCO or RMCO.”
Yii said the daily focus has been on the total number of new cases but people also needed to know the number of daily tests done and the percentage of positive cases.
“This will give us an indication of our testing capacity, the daily infection rate and whether we are testing enough.
“At what capacity are we testing in the main areas now especially in Sibu, Bintulu, Miri and Song which are recording high number of cases?”