An enhanced movement control order (MCO) has been imposed on Kampung Serumah Daerah Kecil Siburan in Serian, Sarawak from Sunday (March 7) until March 20.
Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that as of Friday (March 5), a total of 416 screenings have been conducted there and 21 Covid-19 positive cases have been recorded.
"The Health Ministry has confirmed that the virus is spreading involving residents at that locality.
After a risk assessment, the government has agreed to impose an enhanced MCO from March 7 until March 20," he said in a statement on Saturday (March 6).
Another 231 primary schools in Sarawak have been allowed to resume their face-to-face teaching and learning session beginning Monday (March 8).
The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (JBPN), in a statement today said a meeting held with the state Education Department made the decision following a risk assessment of the Covid-19 situation in the state.
The decision also took into account the Guidelines for School Management and Operations Under the New Norm 2.0, issued by the Ministry of Education (MOE).
The enhanced movement control order placed on two localities in Sibu, Sarawak, will be lifted on March 4.
Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that to date, health authorities had screened 6,818 individuals at Town Villa and Sibujaya flats.
Cumulatively, 277 people in both localities had tested positive for Covid-19.
He said infectivity rates at both places are showing a downward trend.
A new Covid-19 cluster was declared by the State Health Department today, which again involved longhouses.
Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in its Covid-19 daily update today said the cluster was identified as the Buloh Cluster in Selangau, Sibu.
It also disclosed that the cluster had emerged due to interactions in close quarters between residents of longhouses in the Sungai Buloh area in Selangau.
“This is a community cluster involving three longhouses in Sungai Buloh, Selangau, The index case is a 32-year-old local who was screened for experiencing symptoms on February 21. This case had been showing symptoms since Feb 17.
The state government has approved an allocation of RM30 million for the delivery of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine and to prepare vaccination facilities throughout the state, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
He said the state government aims to vaccinate at least 2 million Sarawakians and 200,000 non-Sarawakians, which was about 70 per cent of the state’s population, over a period of seven months from February to be able to achieve herd immunity against Covid-19.
“Because Sarawak is a very big state, the logistical cost of delivering the vaccines to the rural areas here is very high. So the state government has approved a RM30 million allocation to provide facilities and to deliver the vaccines to the rural areas.
Sarawak will continue to use the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine throughout the seven months of the state’s vaccination programme, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
He said the use of other vaccines such as the Sinovac vaccine from China would only be considered if Malaysia’s regulatory bodies such as the Health Ministry approved its use.
“At the moment we will just use the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. However if the regulatory bodies said the other vaccines can also be used, then we will look into it, and may consider using the other vaccines.
“It is however subject to the decision of the regulatory bodies,” he said.
The face-to-face school session which was to start on March 1 has been postponed to March 14, for Sarawak schools in the Kuching, Samarahan, Julau, Meradong, Sibu, Kapit, Bintulu, Subis and Miri districts.
According to the State Disaster Management Committee (JPBN) the decision was made on the advice of the State Health Department (JKNS) following a discussion with the Education Ministry.
“The re-opening of schools in Kuching, Samarahan, Julau, Meradong, Sibu, Kapit, Bintulu, Subis and Miri districts will have to be postponed for another two weeks due to the current COVID-19 situation in the state.
A densely populated Zone 7, comprising Jalan Tiong Hua and its surroundings, here and Zone 15 (Sentosa) may come under an enhanced movement control order, following a spike in cases on Wednesday (Feb 24).
Zone 7, which is one of 34 zones, recorded 19 more cases, bringing the total to 171 so far while Zone 15 also saw an uptick with 19 new cases recorded Wednesday, bringing the total to 112 cases.
Assistant Housing and Local Government Minister Dr Annuar Rapaee said, in a Facebook livestream Wednesday, that the Sibu Disaster Management Committee will propose an enhanced MCO in Zone 7 to the state disaster management committee.
The race to vaccinate 2.2 million people in Sarawak has finally started with a Raya Airways Boeing 767-200 flight TH543 transporting the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine touching down at Kuching International Airport’s cargo area at about 6.18pm this evening.
The flight departed from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, Subang at 4.48pm.
The flight was piloted by Captain Ezil Azlan Ahmad Muniran, assisted by First Officer Shaun Izsamil Abd Hadi.
Sarawak reported a new record high of 353 Covid-19 cases on Wednesday (Feb 24), the first time the daily figure has breached 300 since the start of the pandemic.
The state disaster management committee said in a statement that more than half of the new cases were in the Sibu district, which also reported its highest daily figure to date at 181, the.
This was followed by Meradong with 67, Kuching (31), Bintulu (22), Kapit (18), Miri and Subis (eight each), Betong (six), Bau and Dalat (three each), Samarahan (two) and Kanowit, Saratok, Julau and Serian with one each.
The state's tally of confirmed cases now stands at 8,650.
A total of 428 students from 32 schools in Sarawak were unable to sit for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) 2020 examination which began on Monday (Feb 22), says Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.
The Deputy Chief Minister said 414 of the students could not sit for the exam due to the enforcement of the enhanced movement control order, while 14 others tested positive for Covid-19.
"Of the affected students, 205 are male students and 223 are female students," he said at the state disaster management committee's briefing here on Monday (Feb 22).
Two new Covid-19 clusters were detected in Sarawak on Monday (Feb 22).
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said the Emperoh Jambu cluster was linked to a funeral at Kampung Emperoh Jambu in Padawan here from Feb 3 to 5 and had 60 confirmed cases to date.
The village will be placed under an enhanced movement control order for 14 days from Feb 23 to March 8.
"The index case is a 45-year-old man who tested positive on Feb 16 while undergoing screening before starting work.