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Sarawak transitioning from pandemic to endemic phase, says CM

Abang Johari Openg says nearly all of the cases reported over the past few days have been asymptomatic or show only mild symptoms.

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The number of daily Covid-19 cases in Sarawak which has exceeded 3,000 for the past three days shows that the state has started to transition from the pandemic to endemic phase, as almost all of the cases are asymptomatic or show mild symptoms only, Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg said today.

He said the Covid-19 vaccination programme which began in Sarawak in February had succeeded in boosting the people’s immune systems and reducing the serious effects of the disease.

“According to health experts, the situation is the same as cholera, SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and swine flu, which can be fought and which will lead to a phase called endemic. We will live with the virus, but we have a healthy immune system (to protect us),” he told reporters near Kuching.

He said so far, Sarawak had given two doses of vaccine to 88.9% of eligible adults or 65.1% of its population.

He said these numbers would continue to increase as the vaccination programme is ongoing.

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