Second Covid-19 awareness blitz in Miri

Yii (second from right) with officials from the various chambers of commerce launching the second Covid-19 awareness blitz.

MIRI: In a bid to avert a second wave of Covid-19 infections, Miri City Council is roping in the business sector to carry out another public awareness blitz.

Mayor Adam Yii said the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Dayak Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Sarawak Bumiputra Entrepreneurs Council have agreed to take part.

“We need to undertake another round of public awareness to prevent complacency among the general population.

“The Covid-19 threat is still here and the danger of a second wave is very real. We in the council do not want complacency to creep in among the public.

“They must be cautioned that social distancing is still a must, that washing and sanitising of hands is needed all the time and they must adhere to strict hygiene standards, ” he said.

Businesses in Miri and Sarawak as a whole have been badly hit by the pandemic and subsequent movement control order, said Yii, adding that a second wave of infections would be devastating.

Regarding Hari Raya Aidilfitri, he said Muslims had to celebrate it under difficult circumstances.

“Society at large is still battling the virus although in Sarawak, the number of infections has dropped.

“We still need to be cautious and avoid mass gatherings and social visits, ” he added.

“Personally I cannot recall having celebrated Hari Raya under such difficult circumstances before.

“Nonetheless, this can be an opportunity for personal and family reflections; to connect with God through prayers and meditation.

“It can serve as a chance for deeper family connections, ” he said.

Yii said Miri City Council would not organise any official Raya gatherings.

As of May 26, Sarawak saw 17 Covid-19 deaths and 549 positive cases.

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