Mayor: 13 new suspected cases in Miri worrying

MIRI: There are worrying signs that the public is taking Covid-19 too lightly, said Miri mayor Adam Yii (pic).

The sudden emergence of 13 Covid-19 patients-under-investigation (PUI or suspected cases) here on Wednesday has raised alarm bells.

Following this, Yii has called for swift counter-measures as he is concerned about the possibility of a second wave of infections, though it was confirmed yesterday evening that eight of the PUIs had tested negative.

PUI is a patient admitted in clinics or hospitals with Covid-like symptoms such as high fever, shortness of breath, serious sore throat, coughs and physical weaknesses.

Yii said all the relevant authorities in Miri need to react swiftly, though the Miri Hospital has not provided any details whether these PUIs are locals or outsiders.

“This is a worrying development, and I will get my enforcement teams to liaise with the police and health department to go to the ground and enforce social distancing strictly without delay.

“There are signs that the general public is getting too relaxed.

“They are not adhering to the required social distancing or crowd-control, and many do not even wear face masks anymore, ” he said.

Miri saw two deaths from the 24 confirmed Covid-19 cases so far.

PUIs are usually admitted to hospitals designated as Covid-19 treatment hub for two weeks while tests are carried out on them, with those showing symptoms and having a history of travel outside Sarawak given enhanced tests.

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