130 EMCO-hit households receive aid

A worker helps deliver rice packs as part of the food aid to the villagers.

KUCHING: One hundred and thirty households affected by the imposition of the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) in Kampung Bako Hilir received their food aid.

Demak Laut assemblyman Dr Hazland Abang Hipni said the aid was received by village head Janibah Hazmi on Tuesday.

“Starting Wednesday, May 12, we will not be able to go out and have to undergo quarantine for active case detection (ACD) in curbing the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Residents are asked to follow every instruction from the Ministry of Health (MOH), the People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) and the village security and development committee (JKKK) for the safety of all.

“Be patient and face this challenge by adhering to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for Aidilfitri for the sake of mutual safety,” he said yesterday (May 12).

Commenting further, Dr Hazland said the Bako Hilir Cluster stemmed from Covid-19 transmission through social activities.

“To ensure that the Bako Hilir Cluster can be terminated immediately, residents must follow every SOP of the conditional movement control order (CMCO) and not conduct social activities and events,” he said.

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a statement on Tuesday said the latest cluster was a community cluster involving four families in Kampung Bako Hilir in Kuching district.

It said that the index case, a housewife, was infected by the community and had spread the infection to family members and then to other residents through close and casual contacts.

“Upon further investigation and active case detection screening activities involving the woman’s family members and casual contacts, there was an addition of 17 Covid-19 positive cases with one new case reported today,” said SDMC.

It said that Kampung Bako Hilir will also be placed under the EMCO from May 12 to 25 to curb the spread of Covid-19 infection.