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Dr Sim: Some Covid-19 positive cases under Category 1 and 2 may be suitable for ‘home quarantine, monitoring and treatment’
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BY LIM HOW PIM ON AUGUST 23, 2021, MONDAY AT 9:19 AMSARAWAK

Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING (Aug 23): Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian has said that some of the Covid-19 positive cases under Category 1 and 2 – no symptoms and mild symptoms respectively – may be suitable for ‘home quarantine, monitoring and treatment’.

The State Disaster Management Committee advisor said this was decided following assessment by medical experts but would be subjected to strict state Health Department’s terms and conditions.

“When it comes to home quarantine, it is an offence to go out of the house even though you feel well. Quarantine is to prevent you (from) passing Covid-19 to more people.

“Isolate yourself and do not mix with your family members who are not infected. Eat alone. Everyone wears face mask even at home,” he said in a Facebook post last night.

Dr Sim, who is Local Government and Housing Minister, said those undergoing home quarantine must ensure that their house is well ventilated.

He said they must also make sure to keep themselves well hydrated – an average of three litres of drinking water daily.

“They must check their body temperature four to six times per day. If the body temperature exceeds 38.5 degree Celsius, take Panadol.

“Also check your oxygen saturation four to six times per day. If less than 95 per cent, call the hospital. Lying prone (sleeping on stomach) helps with oxygen saturation,” he added.

He reiterated that 99.9 per cent of the Covid-19 cases under Category 1 and 2 despite the Delta variant will recover due to the high vaccination rate in Sarawak.

According to Dr Sim, 479 cases from the total 725 reported in Kuching District yesterday were detected through close contact tracing in 230 locations.

He said 278 from the total 725 cases in Kuching were connected to family clusters, 89 other cases linked to social clusters and 84 others to workplace clusters.

“While 37 other cases were sporadic, 32 others were symptomatic during testing, seven others were detected through self-test and two others through active case detection (ACD).”

In Samarahan, he said 100 cases of the total 242 recorded there were detected through close contact tracing in 41 locations.

He added that 117 cases of the total 242 were detected through ACD, 23 other cases were linked to clusters and 14 others were symptomatic.

Dr Sim said in Serian, 67 cases of the total 99 were detected through close contact tracing in 47 locations.

“While 23 of the total 99 cases were detected through ACD, 18 others were symptomatic during screening,” he said.

Yesterday, Sarawak recorded 1,772 new Covid-19 cases with Kuching continuing to top the infections list at 725 cases followed by Samarahan (242), Bau (167), Lundu (129) and Serian (99).

To date, the state has recorded a total number of 98,300 cases.