KUCHING: Conditional movement control order (CMCO) will be enforced in Kuching, Sibu and Miri districts beginning Jan 13 at 12 midnight until Jan 26 in view of the sudden spike in Covid-19 cases in these areas.
State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, in announcing this, said the districts, now categorised as zones, would include Kuching, Samarahan and Serian districts for Kuching Zone; Sibu and Sarikei for Sibu Zone; and Miri District for Miri Zone.
“As the positive cases of Covid-19 in Kuching, Sibu and Miri districts are increasing every day, SDMC has assessed the situation by taking into account the number of local infections recorded in Sarawak, which is 209 cases in the last 14 days.
“Therefore, the decision to enforce the CMCO for Kuching, Sibu and Miri districts will be implemented from Jan 13 to 26,” he told the press on Monday (Jan 11).
He said inter-state travel from West Malaysia, Sabah and Labuan were not allowed with the exception of those who had permission in the form of police permit.
“Inter-zone movement within Sarawak is also not allowed unless they obtain permission from the police.”
Uggah added those entering the state would be subject to quarantine for 14 days at designated quarantine centres certified by the State Health Department and Covid-19 screenings would be conducted on the second and 10th day.
“With the implementation of the CMCO, we hope that it is able to break the chain of Covid-19 infection.”
Additionally, Uggah said the details of other related standard operating procedure (SOP) would be announced on Tuesday (Jan 12).
He also mentioned that 47 longhouses in the state were currently on lockdown to further curb the spread of the coronavirus.
“We are now doing our best to ensure that we are taking all the necessary action to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
“This include imposing a lockdown on six longhouses in Kapit, 21 longhouses in Sibu, 10 longhouses in Dalat, six longhouses in Sebauh, two longhouses in Julau and one longhouse each in Sri Aman and Lubok Antu.”
He added that the residents of the longhouses were not allowed to leave, assuring that SDMC along with various departments, including the Welfare Department, would supply food to the dwellers.