Super spreader strain in Kuching

Dr Sim (in yellow shirt) visiting the EMCO operation centre in Kampung Haji Baki here today.

THE spike in Covid-19 cases in Sarawak, particularly Kuching, is attributed to the virus strain which is more infectious than before.

Sarawak Minister of Housing and Local Government Dato Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said in the past, infected patients only started showing symptoms on the 10th day onwards.

But with the current strain, patients started to display symptoms from the third to fifth day.

“Laboratory studies had shown the virus load (amount) is very high.  It is however the same virus,” he told the media after joining deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah visiting the Covid-1 9 EMCO operation centre in Kampung Haji Baki here today.

“The higher virus load means it will spread faster and easier.

“We have detected 20 positive cases in the new Green Hill cluster.  The people had came on their own to private hospitals and clinics to do their own testings instead of waiting for our health officers to come to them,” he added.

Meanwhile, Dr Sim advised those whose Covid-19 test results returned negative, to do undergo a second swab test.

“If the first test is negative, it does not mean you have not been infected as the incubation period for the virus is 14 days.

“The Sarawak government’s policy is different from the Peninsular Malaysia. We always insist you go for your second swab test on the 10th day if your first test is negative.

“One can develop the positive symptoms on day 10th to day 14th,” he added.

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