Sarawak recorded zero new Covid-19 positive cases today, marking its fourth consecutive day of zero infections and maintaining the total cumulative cases at 701, said the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).
In its daily update press statement, SDMC said the Alam Cluster in Bintulu involving eight cases remained the only active cluster in Sarawak.
Sarawak remains a green zone today as it marks another day of zero new positive Covid-19 cases, said the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).
It said in a statement that the number of accumulated positive cases in the state remain at 700.
“There are also no Covid-19 patients who had recovered or were discharged from hospitals today.
All detainees at immigration detention depots in the state must undergo another round of Covid-19 screening, said Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).
In a statement yesterday, the committee said the decision was made in view of the high number of Covid-19 cases recorded among detained illegal immigrants in Sabah which led to the detection of the Benteng LD Cluster.
The government reminded the public today that those entering Sarawak from abroad, including returning Sarawakians, will still need to be quarantined for 14-days and undergo the Covid-19 swab test.
Senior minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. said since yesterday, all overseas arrivals, including Sarawakians, are affected by the ruling.
Sarawak recorded no new Covid-19 cases today, maintaining the total cumulative tally of positive cases in the state at 699.
In a statement, the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) informed that the Alam Cluster in Bintulu was still active with eight cases.
It also said that there were no recovery and discharged cases reported and to date, 663 or 94.85 per cent of total cases have recovered and were discharged.
One new Covid-19 positive case involving the Alam Cluster was recorded in Sarawak today, bringing the total cumulative cases to 699, announced Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).
In its daily update press statement, SDMC said the new case was reported in Bintulu involving a 33-year-old Filipino.
“Case 699 involves a Filipino, 33, who works as an able body on the Seri Alam LNG Tank Vessel. The case did not show any symptoms.
Sarawak recorded one new case of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) today, bringing the total number of positive cases in the state to 698.
In a statement, the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) informed that the 698th case was a local transmission case involving a 48-year-old local woman. The case was detected through a rT-PCR swab filter for Covid-19 on August 28, conducted as part of pre-surgery screening.
Laboratory test results found nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swabs to be positive for Covid-19 on August 29.
Effective September 1, all Malaysians (including residents) entering Sarawak from abroad must undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine period at a centre specified by the Sarawak government.
State Disaster Management Committee (JPBN) Sarawak chairman, Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, said Covid-19 testing will be done on the second and tenth day, with quarantine and testing costs borne by the state government for Sarawakians.
Sarawak recorded three three new Covid-19 positive cases today, bringing the cumulative cases in the state to date to 691.
According to the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), all the three cases were detected following close contact tracing of the Alam Cluster in Bintulu.
SDMC said two of the cases involved locals while one involved a Filipino, adding that all of them have been isolated and warded at the Bintulu Hospital.
All Sarawakians returning to the state from abroad will have their Covid-19 testing and accommodation under mandatory quarantine covered by the state government, Datuk Douglas Uggah said today. The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee chairman said the coverage will be for 14 days, which is the length of the mandatory quarantine period.
The Kuching Jetty Cluster officially ended today as all positive cases have recovered and allowed to return home, according to a statement from the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).
The cluster involved two foreigners from a fishing company based at a jetty in Pending, Kuching
“The Kuching Jetty Cluster was identified to have been caused via local transmission, namely community-acquired infection.
Civil servants and business individuals travelling from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Labuan through the Kuching International Airport will only be required to show their QR Code exemption or official duty directive letters upon arrival effective from today until August 31.
In announcing the decision today, the Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said they would also be required to fill up the electronic health declaration form (e-HDF) and undergo compulsory swab test, but they would not be required to wear wristbands or be quarantined.
The whole of Sarawak have now been classified as a “green zone” with no new local Covid-19 positive cases reported over the last 14 days, the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said today.
Its chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said this followed Kuching and Serian districts being categorised as “green zones”.
“These two districts have not reported any new Covid-19 positive cases over the last 14 days,” he said in a statement.
Airlines will be told to resume flights into the state after August 14 if there is no drastic increase in Covid-19 cases, said state Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.
“The ministry had a meeting with the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) this morning.
“We will inform the airlines if there is no drastic increase in cases. Then after August 14, we will open up,” he told a press conference after the launch of Journal of Responsible Tourism Management at Baitulmakmur 2 here today.
There is now no need for Malaysians from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah or Labuan who are coming to Sarawak to be quarantined at the quarantine centres, if their last destination is any town or city in the state, said Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) Secretariat.
SDMC in a statement explained that mandatory quarantine in hotels is now only for only those travellers whose last destination is in the rural and interior areas.
It also said the ruling also applies to travellers heading for the rural and interior areas via transit from other places.
Businesses in Kuching, Samarahan and Serian such as factories and petrol stations that need to operate beyond 10pm daily until August 14 are required to submit notification to the respective Divisional Disaster Management Committees (DDMCs).
This is in tandem with the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee’s (SDMC) announcement on July 27 to impose restriction of business operation hours from 6am to 10pm between August 1 and 14.
A total of 20 vehicles were ordered to turn back at the Sri Aman and Simunjan roadblocks for failing to produce the inter-zone travel permits between 12.01am and 11.59pm on August 1, said Sarawak Deputy Police Commissioner Dato Dev Kumar.
According to him, nine vehicles were ordered to turn back in Simunjan, while the rest were in Sri Aman.
Dev Kumar said 701 drivers/vehicles on the other hand, managed to produce the permit and were allowed to past through the roadblocks in both locations.
Kuching South City Council Mayor Datuk Wee Hong Seng has warned that business operators would risk their trading license being revoked if they refused to adhere to the reduced operating hours directive set by the government.
“I would like to emphasise that the operating hours are (from 6am) until 10pm now so please, if you (business operators) have civic consciousness, please save yourself, family and customers (by adhering to the latest policy),” said Wee during a visit to Stutong community market today.
State Health Department (JKN) is aware of complaints that individuals who have been referred and admitted to hospital as well as associated with positive Covid-19 cases were not taken into account as a case reported to the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).
In a statement today, its director Dr Chin Zin Hing said that the department had taken note of public complaints and feedback, including a question from Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong on her social media.
No new positive Covid-19 cases were recorded in Sarawak today, making the total number of positive cases in the state remain at 678.
State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) secretariat which reported this today, however, cautioned that 10 Covid-19 clusters are still active in the state.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg said he has never given much thought to Muafakat Nasional (MN).
He said he only had Covid-19 on his mind at the moment, because it was paramount for the state’s leaders to look after the safety of the people during the pandemic.
“The Covid-19 pandemic is serious. Kuching has turned red. So my mind is not on politics or MN,” he told a press conference when asked to comment on Umno’s move not to join Perikatan Nasional (PN) but to strengthen MN with PAS.
Sarawak Police will set up roadblocks in Simunjan and Sri Aman at 12.01am, August 1 (tomorrow) to 14 following the recent spike of Covid-19 pandemic in several districts in the state.
Sarawak Deputy Police Commissioner Datuk Dev Kumar said this was following the decision made by State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) to restrict movement between Zone 1 (red/yellow zone) and Zone 2 (green zone).
Sarawak reported four new Covid-19 cases on Thursday (July 23), including three related to existing clusters in the state.
The state disaster management committee said all four cases were reported in Kuching, bringing the state's tally of confirmed infections to 632.
It said three of the cases were detected from contact tracing of active clusters.
The Election Commision (EC) office in Sarawak has been temporarily closed after one of its staff tested positive for Covid-19.
The temporary closure started on Monday (July 20) and will end on Aug 2 (Sunday), said EC secretary Ikmalrudin Ishak today.
The Sarawak State Election Office (PPN) is temporarily closed from Monday until August 2 after one of its staff was tested positive for Covid-19, according to Election Commission (EC) secretary Ikmarudin Ishak.
In line with the standard operating procedures (SOP) set by the Ministry of Health to curb the spread of the pandemic, all Sarawak PPN staff who had close contact with the patient have also been ordered to undergo self-quarantine at home for 14 days.
Parents with school-going children in Kuching city need not have to worry about paying for their bus fares as the Sarawak government will take care of their transport to and from school.
The free school bus service will start tomorrow in Kuching and will be extended to other cities and towns, said Sarawak Assistant Transport Minister Datuk Dr Jerip Susil today.
Two days after turning green, Kuching is now a yellow zone again after reporting two local Covid-19 cases on Friday (July 10).
This brings the tally of confirmed cases in Sarawak to 575, the state disaster management committee said in a statement. It said one of the new cases was a Sarawakian man who sought treatment at the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) here on July 5 after suffering breathing problems and tiredness since July 1.
Those who have visited the fish retail and wholesale markets of Pasar Umum Bandar Sandakan here between June 14 and 28 are advised to monitor their health condition, following the detection of a positive Covid-19 case there. Sandakan Municipal Council president Wong Foo Tin, in a statement tonight, said anyone showing symptoms should immediately go to the Duchess of Kent Hospital or Sandakan area health clinic for Covid-19 tests.