MIRI: Sarawak's Covid-19 death rate and infection rate needs to be brought down substantially before the movement control order (MCO) can be relaxed across the board, says Sarawak PKR community health bureau chief Dr Michael Teo.
He said it was not advisable to ease the MCO in every district in Sarawak at this time.
"The MCO should only be eased gradually in green zones like in Kapit and Sibu where there are no new infections.
"In red zones like Kuching and Samarahan, the MCO should not be eased until the death and infection rates are reduced substantially.
"In yellow zones like Miri and Bintulu, the MCO should be relaxed just a little to enable the economy to recharge first before proceeding further.
"Sarawak still has a high Covid-19 death rate of 3.4% compared to the national figure of 1.7%.
"Sarawak still has 507 positive cases as of now, and that is a high figure.
"The 17 Covid-19 deaths in Sarawak so far shows that Covid-19 is still a big threat to Sarawakians.
"It is thus too early to ease the MCO across the board in this state," he said.
Dr Teo, who is Miri MP and a medical doctor, said there were still many uncertainties as many close contacts of Covid-19 cases had not been screened.
He welcomed the latest announcement by Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham that Covid-19 screening facilities would be set up in 18 hospitals statewide in Sarawak, up from the five hospitals now.
He said it was good that four of these 18 hospitals would also be equipped with full-fledged Covid-19 treatment equipment.
They are the Sarawak General Hospital in Kuching, and the general hospitals in Miri, Bintulu and Sibu.
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