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KUCHING: Those living near the Kalimantan border has been urged not to enter the area or receive visitors for the time being as there is believed to

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KUCHING: Those living near the Kalimantan border has been urged not to enter the area or receive visitors for the time being as there is believed to be a Covid-19 positive case near the border.

Ba’Kelalan assemblyman Baru Bian said he had received reliable information from friends in Long Bawan in the Krayan area in Kalimantan, that two persons there had tested positive for Covid-19.

“Long Bawan is just across the border from Ba’Kelalan and this is a huge concern for us as Lawas has been declared a green zone,” he said in a statement yesterday.

He said due to the close proximity, he was urging the authorities to be extremely vigilant and strict at all Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complexes and exit or entry points along the border with Kalimantan, especially along the Ba’Kelalan and Bario stretches.

“The same vigilance is also needed to seal off the many rat trails which are found at various places along the border,” he stressed.

He reminded the communities living near the borders on the need to be extra careful during this time.

“We need to do our part to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in order to keep our families and communities safe,” he said.

Baru, who is also the Selangau MP, said doctors, nurses and all staff at hospitals and clinics were risking exposure to the virus as they performed their daily duties.

“So are those who have to leave their homes daily to keep the essential services going and the volunteers who go out to help the less fortunate.

“I wish to express my appreciation to them for their dedication and selflessness. In these extraordinary times, we truly begin to understand and value those we may have taken for granted in the past,” he said.

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