EMCO crucial to curb Delta variant

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KUCHING: The enhanced movement control order (EMCO) imposed on Kampung Empila in Samarahan is needed to contain the spread of Covid-19 cases which could involve the Delta variant.

Kota Samarahan MP Rubiah Wang said although this was the second time the village was placed under EMCO since the first time on June 3, the lockdown is crucial.

“We are quite saddened because this is the second time that Kampung Empila has undergone EMCO.

“Having participated in discussions with the Samarahan District Disaster Management Committee (DDMC), I am of the view that its implementation is also very important.

“This is because the situation currently involves the spread of the Covid-19 Delta variant which is more infectious,” she said on Friday.

Earlier Friday, the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) had declared that Kampung Empila was placed under EMCO from Aug 7 to 20.

Rubiah said the current EMCO will involve a total of about 2,200 residents from 443 families in the village.

She said currently, there are two villages in the Samarahan district that are being placed under EMCO, with the other one being Kampung Tanjung Tuang which had entered its tenth day.

The MP added that an active case detection (ACD) was also implemented in Kampung Naie in the last two days following reports of Covid-19 spread in the area.

In the meantime, she thanked the Samarahan DDMC, district office and other agencies for their commitment to contain the spread of the pandemic.

She hoped that this effort would be understood by the locals so they can better play their roles in adhering to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the authorities.

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