Travellers from certain parts of Sabah will be subjected to stricter health checks on entering Labuan because of the surge in Covid-19 cases on mainland Sabah, said Labuan Health Department director Dr Ismuni Bohari.
He said depending on their travel history, those who had been away from Labuan for more than three days might be required to undergo a swab test at the Labuan Airport and ferry terminal.
The Labuan Health Department is leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that the over 2,000 new students coming to the Labuan Matriculation College here are free from Covid-19.
Its director, Dr Ismuni Bohari, said the team from the department will screen the students just like it does all other passengers coming to the island via ferries and through the airport.
The Sabah government has allowed all passenger boats and ferries from Labuan to Menumbok on the mainland to resume operations at full capacity with immediate effect.
In a statement on Monday (July 13), Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the state's decision followed the lead of the Federal Government on June 11.
All 153 varsity students who have been quarantined in two centres here since last week but who tested negative for Covid-19 have been allowed to return home, starting Tuesday (May 19).
They comprised 111 students who had just returned from their campuses in the peninsula, while 42 others were from campuses in Sarawak.
"We visited them this morning at the quarantine centres. As they all have tested negative for Covid-19, we (will) allow them to return home and continue with self-quarantine (for another week).
Residents in Labuan can report to the nearest police station if they see more than 20 people are gathered “next door” on the first day of the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations, said Labuan Police chief Supt Muhamad Farid Ahmad. He said although there would be no roadblocks during the festive period, strict monitoring would be carried out to ensure that the public complied with the standard operating procedures (SOP) set by the National Security Council (NSC) to curb the spread of Covid-19.
The last batch of 312 students from Universiti Malaysia Sabah Labuan, International Campus (UMSKAL) was flown back to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) today after being stranded here since the start of the movement control order (MCO) on March 18.
The students were divided into two groups to board two chartered Malaysia Airlines flights at 3.20pm and 4.05pm respectively to return to their hometowns in the Peninsula.
The Federal Territory of Labuan becomes the fifth Covid-19 green zone in the country after recording zero or no active case, as of 12pm yesterday.
Besides Labuan, Perlis, Kedah, Kelantan and Perak are also listed as green zones, based on today’s infographics from the Health Ministry (MOH)’s Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC).
Labuan police have reduced the number of roadblocks from three to only one beginning Monday in line with the government’s conditional movement control order (CMCO).
Labuan police chief Supt. Muhamad Farid Ahmad said following the provisions in the CMCO compared to the previous movement control order (MCO), the focus was now on social distancing. He said the existing number of military personnel will continue to be with the police in enforcing social distancing in public places including in eateries, supermarkets and hypermarkets, wet markets, and sports and recreational spots.
A total of 25 students of the Labuan Matriculation College (LMC) who were stuck on campus were denied permission to exit the duty-free island to return to their hometown in Limbang, Sarawak, after failing to obey the stranded higher education students movement standard operating procedure (SOP).
Sub-zones 1 and 2 of Labuan, comprising 70 per cent of the total number of villages and residential areas on the island, have been declared as Covid-19 green zones.
Sub-zone 1 is in the town centre and comprises water villages like Kg Patau-Patau 1 and 2, Kg Gersik/Saguking, Kg Batu Arang, Kg Sg Keling, Jalan OKK Abdullah, Jalan Tun Mustapha and Kg Rancha-Rancha. It has been declared a green zone after six active cases there recovered.
The Labuan Health Department has set up a swab test counter at the Labuan Ro-Ro Ferry Terminal to control the spread of Covid-19 in the island beginning today. Its director Dr Ismuni Bohari said the establishment of the counter was needed in view of the increasing number of passengers and motorists plying through the ferry terminal from mainland Sabah daily. “It is necessary to carry out swab test at the ferry terminal here on 100 travellers entering Labuan through this terminal from the mainland.
The number of patients isolated at Labuan’s two quarantine centres at Industrial Training Institute (ITI) and Pusat Giat Mara has dropped steadily to only 45 and 63 patients respectively.
Labuan Natural Disaster Management Committee chairman Dr Fary Akmal Osman said ITI previously recorded 108 patients under observation and assessment while Pusat Giat Mara had 78.
The Labuan Chinese Chambers of Commerce has appealed to the government make a thorough study on the impacts of the movement control order (MCO) on employers, as it could put them in a quandary due to substantial economic injury and financial constraints.
The Labuan Health Department has received a RM1 million allocation to purchase medicines and medical equipment to effectively treat Covid-19 patients on the island. Its director Dr Ismuni Bohari said the fund was allocated in view of the urgency to equip the Labuan Hospital with the necessary medicines and equipment.
Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) today denied an allegation that 100 of its students at Labuan International Campus (UMS-KAL) were left starving in the hostel following the nationwide Movement Control Order since March 18. Its vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Taufiq Yap Yun Hin said the claim made via a video clip had tarnished the reputation of the institution.