SARAWAKIANS should heed the lessons of the Pasai Cluster which had 2,001 Covid-19 cases as of Feb 2, said a local leader.
The cluster first came to light on Jan 8 after 37 positive cases were detected at the Langi longhouse in Sibu Division.
They were infected after a woman came from Johor on Dec 29 to attend her father’s funeral.
From the 37 cases, it spread to other parts of the division as well as Kanowit, Selangau, Song, Kapit, Belaga, Kuching and Miri.
Parti Bumi Kenyalang treasurer Tiew Yen Houng said Covid-19 spread rapidly among residents in longhouses.
She called for more effective methods to stop the spread of the virus.
“This includes notifying longhouse communities in various regions about the seriousness of the situation.
“During this period, they should not hold any communal activities, especially in areas with a big number of cases, ” she said.
She agreed with the decision to extend Sibu’s movement control order to Feb 14 because the situation was still severe.
Due to the seriousness of the pandemic in Sibu, the four existing isolation treatment centres were overcrowded.
Tiew urged the public to take the pandemic seriously and follow the standard operating procedures diligently.
“Wear a face mask correctly and wash your hands frequently, ” she reminded.
She said the pandemic had prevented Chinese working or studying outstation from returning to their hometowns for the lunar new year.
“The impact on the local economy is bad.
“It is necessary to adopt more effective countermeasures to reduce the negative effects and face this challenging time, ” she added.