Border posts closed until Dec 3

Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing

KUCHING: With the spike in Covid-19 cases showing little signs of subsiding in regions near Sarawak, the state has closed its border posts until Dec 3.

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing, who chaired the Border Security Committee meeting recently, said Sarawak also closed its ports to Indonesia and the Philippines.

“We recommend to Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SMDC) to be strict on its standard operating procedures (SOPs) on visitors from Sabah and Malaya.

“Sarawak has no choice if we want to safeguard our people from the threat of Covid-19. It seems that the second wave of the coronavirus may attack Malaysia,” he said.

Dr Masing also urged sanitation to be conducted at work sites and plantations which were employing foreign workers.

“Now Sarawak is free but it will not be long if we are not prepared for the onslaught of the threat from land and sea.

“Please be prepared. It is better to be safe than sorry when trying to contain Covid-19,” he said in a statement today.

Today, the Health Ministry recorded a jump to 260 new Covid-19 cases which all but one were locally-transmitted cases. The exception who was infected while abroad was a returnee from the United Kingdom.

Health Director-General Tan Sri Noor Hisham Abdullah said from the 259 local transmissions, 31 had travelled to Sabah recently, bringing the cases from the Borneo state since September to 119 cases.