KUCHING: A surge in the Omicron variant in Sarawak could be expected soon, cautions Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.
“Although (Omicron) is not as severe as Delta, observing from the overseas patterns, being the most infectious Covid-19 (variant) so far, the sheer numbers overwhelmed many of the health care facilities and caused disruptions to many of the essential services – too many people were infected.
“We also need to keep a very close eye on DelMicron (Delta plus Omicron) that is emerging from those countries suffering from the current wave of Covid-19,” he said in a Facebook post on Monday (Jan 3), in which he also shared the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee’s (SDMC) latest standard operating procedure (SOP) for entering Sarawak.
Dr Sim, who holds the Public Health, Housing and Local Government portfolio, said the state’s immigration autonomy played a crucial role in the fight against Covid-19.
“Similar policy tools can be seen in other countries like Australia, China, and Singapore. It is very fortunate that our forefathers had this clause when we formed Malaysia, though it was never anticipated to be exercised in this way,” he said.
He said the policy had succeeded in delaying the arrival of various waves of Covid-19 into Sarawak, allowing the state invaluable time to prepare itself and thus not suffer the same fate as other locations such as the United States of America, Sabah, and the rest of Malaysia.
Dr Sim, who is also SDMC advisor, thanked Sarawakians, both inside and outside the state, for their understanding and cooperation despite the inconveniences caused.
“Your actions have saved many Sarawakian lives ― may be your family’s, your friends’, your colleagues’ ― from Covid-19 death. Truly, the Sarawak spirit of solidarity in our war against Covid-19,” he said.
“Let’s get the booster dose, cautiously and optimistically reopen our economy, and live with the virus,” he urged.