Post Gawai spike in Covid-19 cases expected in Sibu

By John Isaac

SIBU is expecting to see a hike in the number of daily Covid-19 cases next week.

This follows poor compliance to the standard operating procedures (SOP) during the Gawai celebrations, said the Sibu Divisional Disaster Management Committee.

Its coordinator, Dr Annuar Rapaee said the scenario was similar to what happened after the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations.

“We are expecting a surge in cases about 10 to 14 days after the Gawai Dayak celebrations,” he said during a live Facebook session.

He also said there was a possibility the SDDMC may open up more vaccination centres (PPV) in Sibu to speed up the ongoing vaccination programme.

He said Sibu Civic Centre could be a like venue.

“We received 33,447 doses of Covid-19 vaccines this month and will receive another 40,858 doses per week next week. This will be increased to 50,815 doses a week in August,” he said.

Currently, the Sibu Indoor Stadium has the capacity to administer between 1,600 and 2,000 vaccinations a day, while we can do between 600 and 800 at the Sibu Jaya centre daily,” he said.

The Lanang and Sibu Jaya health clinics vaccinate up to 200 people each on weekends.

Dr Annuar also said there was an outreach programme to vaccinate rural folks undertaken by a health team from the Sibu health office.

He said he was confident some 190,000 Sibu folk will be vaccinated over the next 10 weeks with the steady shipment of vaccine here.