Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah

KUCHING: Parents should not bring their children out to public places for the time being, said Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah.

She explained that children were among those at higher risk from Covid-19.

“It is still dangerous to bring children to places such as supermarket, eateries and shopping complexes.

“Now is not the best time yet to go shopping for Hari Raya and Gawai. It is better to be safe than sorry,” she told New Sarawak Tribune yesterday.

She said older people also faced higher risk from Covid-19.

According to Bernama, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham said there were 317 positive Covid-19 cases reported among children under 12 years old.

Of the cases, 112 involved children aged four years and below while 22 involved babies under one year old.

However, no death among these age groups had been reported to date.  

Dr Noor Hisham reminded parents of the important role that they had to play in protecting not only themselves but also their children.

He urged parents to teach their children how to practise the highest level of hygiene.

Meanwhile, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri said it was the responsibility of parents not to expose their children to Covid-19 risks.

Ismail said although Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases 1988 did not stop parents from taking their children to the shopping complex during the CMCO, they must be responsible.