48 longhouses still under EMCO

Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

KUCHING: From a total of 407 longhouses in Sarawak being put under lockdown this year, only 48 are still under the enhanced movement control order (EMCO).

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said this figure shows that the Covid-19 outbreak situation in rural areas is under control.

“However, to make sure that the rural areas would continue to be under control, everyone has their own role to play in ensuring that the outbreak can be curbed.

“We have to continue to be vigilant and comply with the standard operating procedures (SOPs).

“We (SDMC) want to thank the rural residents who have been cooperating with the authorities and playing their roles to break the chain of Covid-19,” he said in a daily Covid-19 press conference on Sunday (April 11).

He also said the committee has empowered the Divisional Disaster Management Committees (DDMCs) to monitor their respective localities and come up with their own decision to better manage the Covid-19 situation.

“When we look at a particular situation, take Mukah Polytechnic and several longhouses, for instance, we implement EMCO so that no one can enter or exit the targeted area freely. That is our strategy,” he added.