File photo. Business will run as usual with new business hour decided by SDMC.

KUCHING: There are no reasons to close down premises and business centres that are related to recent Covid-19 cases in Miri, said the Miri Divisional Disaster Management Committee (MDMC).

It said the business premises could operate as usual provided that general cleaning and a sanitation exercise, as advised by the Ministry of Health (MoH), were carried out as Covid-19 prevention measures

“MDMC advises the public to remain vigilant and avoid the3Cs (Crowded, Confined and Close Conversation) and adopt the 3W (Wash, Wear and Warn) strategies as advocated by MoH,” it said in a statement today.

The committee was referring to the five Covid-19 cases detected in Miri on Oct 28 and 29.

“Five cases were detected in the two-day period. Three cases involved oil and gas personnel from Kuala Lumpur who came to Miri to sign with an offshore platform.

“They were immediately quarantined at designated hotels upon arrival and the testing became positive,” it added.

The committee revealed that 23 close contacts had been identified. They comprised flight passengers, family members in West Malaysia and a van driver and all had been quarantined.

It said the remaining two cases that were detected were linked to the positive cases in Kuching’s Greenhill Cluster.

“A total of 64 close contacts here had been identified and issued home quarantine orders. Further testing will be arranged for all the close contacts by the health department.

“Based on investigations that were done, the three oil and gas personnel cases will be classified as Imported cases from another state while the two remaining cases as Imported cases from another division,” said the committee.