The enforcement of the conditional movement control order (CMCO) to curb the spread of Covid-19 pandemic in Kuching district has been extended by another five days, Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SMDC) acting chairman Tan Sri James Masing said today.
He said the CMCO, originally planned to end today, will be extended to November 27.
“The 58 positive cases over the last 14 days are not confined to specific places but spread out over a number of areas.
The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) will meet this Sunday to decide on the status of the conditional movement control order (CMCO) in Kuching, its acting chairman Tan Sri James Masing said today.
“The decision will also take into consideration the number of new Covid-19 positive cases in the district within the next two days,” he said in a statement.
The federal government will leave it to Sarawak to decide if people arriving from abroad should undergo further quarantine in the state.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said there were different scenarios which may result in the passengers needing to undergo additional quarantine when they arrive in Sarawak.
He said that those who fly to Sarawak but transit through the peninsula, will only be required to be quarantined once in Sarawak.
The Sarawak State Legislative Assembly sitting here today was told that the National Security Council (MKN) has been urged to further increase the capacity to conduct Covid-19 screenings in the state to 5,000 people per day.
Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas (pix) said currently the facilities available in the state can only carry 2,400 tests daily and this situation has resulted in some results can only be known after three days.
Temporary Measures for Reducing the Impact of Coronavirus Disease, 2019 (Covid-19) Bill will be one of the five government bills to be tabled at next week’s sittings of the Sarawak state legislative assembly, speaker Datuk Amar Asfia Awang Nassar said today.
He said the bill will be tabled by deputy chief minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah, who is also the chairman of the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), tomorrow.
The Sarawak police have not received any directive to enforce an inter-district travel ban in Sarawak although Kuching is now a Covid-19 red zone.
Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Aidi Ismail said currently, only Kampung Haji Baki is under the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) which started on October 28 until November 10, and that this was primarily for Active Case Detection.
Sarawak today recorded 14 new Covid-19 cases all in Kuching District, with a new Wisma Saberkas Cluster detected, bringing the cumulative tally of cases in the state to 906.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said three cases were detected from the Wisma Saberkas Cluster involving employees working for a company there.
“The three cases were detected following contact tracing of Case 884 who was tested positive on November 1.
All the 82 state assemblymen will be required to undergo Covid-19 swab tests on Nov 6 and 7 prior to the forthcoming State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting scheduled for Nov 9 to 18.
In a letter dated Oct 31 sighted by The Borneo Post today, Sarawak state assembly secretary Pele Peter Tinggom said he had been instructed by the Speaker to inform members of the August House to undergo the swab tests before the sitting.
Sarawak recorded nine new Covid-19 cases today, bringing the total number of positive cases in the state to 881.
According to the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in its daily Covid-19 update, six of the cases are in Kuching District, two in Miri District and one in Samarahan District. — Borneo Post
Sarawak today recorded 10 new Covid-19 positive cases, with eight detected in Kuching and two imported cases, bringing the total number of positive cases in the state to 856.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said one case was detected following active case detection (ACD) carried out at Galacity on October 26, while three new cases were recorded from the Baki Cluster, four from the Green Hill Cluster, and two imported cases from Kalimantan Barat, Indonesia.
he National Unity Ministry has ordered all Tabika Perpaduan preschools and Taska Genius Perpaduan daycare centres in Kuching to close for two weeks, effective Friday (Oct 30) until Nov 13.
In a statement today, the ministry said the announcement followed Kuching's classification as a red zone by the Health Ministry yesterday.
"The closure order will affect 43 Tabika Perpaduan and one Taska Genius Perpaduan, involving 830 children and 92 teachers.
The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) is not imposing an inter-district travel restriction for Kuching although it was declared a Covid-19 red zone on Tuesday.
However, its chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah has advised people from outside Kuching to only visit the district if they had urgent reason to do so and similarly, those in Kuching were urged not to leave the district.
Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian has warned that the current wave of Covid-19 cases in Kuching District has a very high infection rate due to the cases having a very high load of the virus.
He said many recent positive cases started showing symptoms between the third and fifth day instead of the typical 10th day onwards like in cases prior to the current outbreak.
“Laboratory studies have shown that the virus load is very high. It is however, the same virus. The higher virus load means it will spread faster and easier.
Sarawak recorded 16 new locally transmitted cases of Covid-19 in Kuching today, as the district is once more labelled a red zone.
In the daily press conference on Covid-19 updates in the state, Deputy Chief Minister and State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas revealed that from the total number of cases today, 12 are from the Baki cluster.
Kampung Haji Baki – will be placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) after 27 Covid-19 cases were traced to the area.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the decision to enforce the EMCO was at the Sarawak state government's request after 27 out of 845 residents of Kampung Haji Baki tested positive for the infection yesterday.
All entertainment centres and reflexology centres statewide have been ordered to close starting tomorrow (October 28), said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.
Speaking during a press conference today, Uggah, who is the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman, said the order to close all entertainment centres and reflexology centres in the state will come into effect until further notice.
Sarawak PKR today asked state leaders, including federal ministers from Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon returning from Putrajaya as persons-under-surveillance (PUS) for Covid-19.
State PKR information chief Abu Sui Anyit said the mandatory order should not only apply to the ordinary people, but also to the ministers and state leaders.
The Sarawak Education Department has ordered the closure of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Wira Penrissen, Kota Samarahan and Sekolah Kebangsaan Jalan Haji Baki here for seven days starting to November 1 following the confirmation of Covid-19 cases.
Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee (JPBN) in a statement announced the closure to facilitate cleaning and disinfection works to be carried out at the two schools.
Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Women chief Kho Teck Wan today slammed Parti Bersatu Sarawak (PSB) and DAP leaders for accusing Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian of disclosing the occupation and location of a Covid-19 patient.
She said Dr Sim, who is also an adviser of the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), did not disclose the patient’s particulars.
Sarawak recorded 16 new Covid-19 cases today, with 15 detected in Kuching and one in Serian, bringing the cumulative tally of positive cases in the state to 796.
According to the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), seven were imported cases, another seven were from contact tracing of previously identified Covid-19 positive patients and two from other screenings.
A day-long Covid-19 active case detection (ACD) operation was launched at Kampung Haji Baki, here, this morning following the detection of two clusters there.
Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister, Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah, who is also the Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman, said the first cluster was a family involving three positive Covid-19 victims, while the second cluster was a family with five positive cases.
The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) is carrying out a day-long Active Case Detection (ACD) operation at Kampung Haji Baki outside the city following the detection of eight Covid-19 positive cases involving two family clusters.
SDMC chairman Datuk Douglas Uggah, who observed the operation this morning, said the state Health Department believes that the virus could have spread in the community.
He said three members of one family and five from another family in the village were tested positive for Covid-19.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas has revealed that Sarawak has recorded eight new Covid-19 cases today, while warning people in the state to be extra cautious.
He did not have further details on the cases as he had just gotten off the phone with the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), and the full report will be revealed by the committee later afternoon, he said.
Sarawak has recorded no new cases of Covid-19 today, with the total number of positive cases in the state remaining unchanged at 769.
The State Disaster Management Committee’s secretariat said there were currently two active Covid-19 clusters, namely the ‘Bah Arnab’ Cluster in Kuching and Putra Cluster in Bintulu.
Sarawak has recorded one imported case of Covid-19 in Kuching today, bringing the total number of positive cases in the state to 769.
According to State Disaster Management Committee’s secretariat, the latest positive case in the state involved an Indonesian woman from Kalimantan Barat, Indonesia.
Sibu has reverted into a Covid-19 green zone today as there has been no locally transmitted cases in the district for the past 14 days, said the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).
It said in a statement that only three out of 40 districts in Sarawak are yellow zones, namely Kuching, Bintulu and Lubok Antu with a total of 21 local cases in the past 14 days.
Sarawak recorded four new locally transmitted positive Covid-19 cases in Kuching district today, bringing the total number of positive cases in the state to 763, said the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).
It said these cases were close contacts to a positive Covid-19 case and were detected through the second screening on the tenth day when these contacts were instructed to undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine.
An operation is being carried out to find close contacts of two positive Covid-19 cases involving illegal immigrants who were nabbed at the construction sites of the Sarawak General Hospital (HUS) and the old Sarawak INTAN building, yesterday.
The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (JPBN), in a statement today, said, subsequently, 271 workers including 81 locals were screened at the construction site of HUS and the old building of INTAN Sarawak.