CMCO extended until Nov 27

Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing at the press conference. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: The conditional movement control order (CMCO) in Kuching district is extended until Nov 27.

The CMCO which started on Nov 9 was initially scheduled to end today (Nov 22).

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) acting chairman Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing said the decision was made during the committee’s meeting.

“In the last 14 days, there are still 58 local infection cases in Kuching district. The distribution of these cases of infection is not limited to specific areas.

“Therefore, after the risk assessment, the CMCO period in Kuching district has been extended until the coming Friday (Nov 27),” he said at a daily Covid-19 update press conference today.

He further said that if the SDMC finds that there is no need for CMCO enforcement during the extended period, it can be shortened at any time.

Following the announcement, admission procedures and quarantine period of 14 days upon entry to Sarawak is also extended until further notice.

“In and out movements across Kuching district is not allowed except for official duties and work purposes. Letters and work passes from the heads of department or employers are sufficient.

“In case of emergency, movement is allowed but it is necessary to apply for a permit from the police,” he added.

Masing also said that the number of passengers in a private vehicle is according to the capacity of the vehicle and is no longer limited to three people only.

In addition, he stressed that the quarantine cost for Sarawakians will be borne by the state government while non-Sarawakians have to pay for their own quarantine costs, regardless whether he or she is married to a Sarawakian.