KUCHING: Inter-district travel restrictions, fewer flights and shorter opening hours look set to be reimposed in Sarawak following a surge of Covid-19 cases in Kuching and Samarahan.
The state disaster management committee said these were part of additional strategies to be taken to contain the spread of the virus.
“We will announce the strategies in further detail once they have been fine-tuned.
“Among the strategies are controlling the movement between districts, reducing the number of flights and shortening the opening hours for businesses,” the committee said in a statement after a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg yesterday on the Covid-19 situation in the state.
The committee said that Kuching district reported 38 local transmissions and 14 imported cases in the last 14 days while Samarahan recorded 11 local and two imported infections.
The neighbouring districts of Lundu and Bau reported one imported and one local case each, while Bintulu district had four imported cases.
The committee also decided that all Malaysians entering Sarawak from the peninsula, Sabah and Labuan would again be quarantined in designated hotels upon arrival.
“A sample will be taken on the second day and if the PCR test result is negative, they will be allowed to leave. This directive is effective Aug 1,” it said.
(Prior to this, domestic Malaysian arrivals were subjected to random testing, so this latest measure means that the testing will apply to all Malaysian domestic arrivals.)
Currently, the 14-day quarantine is for those returning from overseas.
In addition, the committee said active case detection would be carried out by the Health Ministry in the Kota Sentosa area in an effort to step up contact tracing for the Sentosa cluster.
Another infection was reported from the Sentosa cluster yesterday, bringing the state’s tally of confirmed cases to 650.
The latest case, a healthcare worker at Hospital Sentosa, was screened on July 24 and found to be positive the following day.
The Sentosa cluster now has 21 positive cases to date.
Sarawak also reported one fatality yesterday, a 63-year-old Malaysian woman from the neighbourhood of Samariang Baru here who was Sarawak’s Case 589.
The death toll in the state now stands at 19.
Source: The Star https://bit.ly/32TIju9