‘Ching Ming’ tomb visits allowed

Qingming Festival Photo: The World of Chinese

KUCHING: The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) has announced that the Chinese will be allowed to visit cemeteries during the ‘Ching Ming’ festival (special Chinese day for the remembrance of ancestors or All Souls Day). 

“This directive is effective from Mar 20 to Apr 14, from 4am to 12pm,” it said in a statement today (Mar 17).

SDMC added that detailed standard operating procedures (SOPs) could be found on the Unit for Other Religions’ (Unifor) website.

On another matter, the committee said as of 8am today, a total of 1,223,080 individuals had registered for the Covid-19 vaccination programme throughout Sarawak.

“Of that total, 788,012 individuals registered through Divisional Resident’s Offices while 435,068 registered through the MySejahtera application,” it said.

It also said as of today, 2,560 Covid-19 cases had taken place at longhouses statewide.

“These 2,560 positive cases are from the total of 37,604 individuals screened for Covid-19,” said SDMC.

In the same period, it said 307 longhouses in Sarawak had been locked down to curb the spread of the virus.

The committee said as of today, 57 longhouses were still under lockdown while the rest of the 250 longhouses had been released from lockdown after no more Covid-19 infections occurred there.