SIBU, July 21 — While the COVID-19 pandemic situation in Sibu is getting better with only 15 new positive cases recorded today, Sibu Division Disaster Management Committee coordinator Dr Annuar Rapaee has reminded the people, especially employers not to spoil it by hiring illegal immigrants.

This is especially so when an illegal immigrant, who entered Sarawak and came to Sibu on July 5 had been confirmed to be positive for the Delta variant of the virus.

“We have to be careful with illegal immigrants. I am not saying that we should not take foreign workers but please do it through the proper channel, get them swabbed, quarantined and vaccinated (if employers want to hire them),” he said during a live stream on the COVID-19 situation via his Facebook page today.

He said hiring illegal immigrants as workers could jeopardise the health of Sarawakians as they could spread COVID-19 to the local people, .

“We have worked very hard to lower the number of COVID-19 cases. Please do not conspire with the illegal immigrants,” he added.

Dr Annuar, who is also Sarawak Assistant Minister of Public Health and Housing, said the illegal immigrant, a 29-year-old Indonesian woman, was found to be positive for COVID-19 after she underwent the RT-PCR test when she went to a clinic for a health check on July 7.

Fearing that she might have the Delta variant, her sample was then sent to Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) for a lab test and was confirmed today.

Dr Annuar urged the people in Sibu to continue to be vigilant and strictly follow the SOP to avoid the disease from spreading further.

On the vaccination exercise in Sibu Division, he said to date, a total of 201,074 people had been given at least the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine while the cumulative number of those who had completed their vaccination was 122,886.


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