14-day hotel quarantine stays

Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: The state government will continue to implement the 14-day hotel quarantine for those arriving in Sarawak.

Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said this is to prevent further outbreaksin the state involving the community.

“Out of the 18 cases recorded in Kuching on Tuesday, eight are imported — one from overseas and seven from West Malaysia,” he said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

Earlier, the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) reported 159 Covid-19 cases state-wide Tuesday. Kuching ranked third in the state’s daily Covid-19 tally after Sibu (52) and Betong (49).

Of the total, Dr Sim said 19 cases were from those who undergone self-screening at health clinics and other medical facilities.

“Six of them experienced symptoms while the remaining are asymptomatic. This reflects that Covid-19 is still in the community.

“Each positive case can spread to families at home, colleagues at work and friends. Hence, when you are PCR tested, please self-isolate until your PCR result is out. 

“Only you can stop the local community transmission and protect Sarawak from more cases and deaths,” he said.