Four shopping malls listed as Covid-19 hotspots

Khairy Jamaluddin

KUCHING: Four shopping malls in Sarawak are listed as Covid-19 hotspot premises under the Hotspot Identification for Dynamic Engagement (HIDE) warning system.

Of the four, two are in Kuching, one in Kota Samarahan and another in Bintulu. At the same time, three shopping malls in Sabah were also listed under the system.

Coordinating Minister for National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Khairy Jamaluddin urged the public to avoid places listed as centres of Covid-19 transmission.

He said the Hide warning system could also be used as a guide to owners or operators of premises to take proactive measures to prevent and protect their respective premises.

Khairy said Hide, managed by the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC), Ministry of Health Malaysia (MoH) would forecast premises that could potentially be Covid-19 hotspots.

“The listing of these locations and premises is very important and should be done as the number of new Covid-19 positive cases reported daily is at a very alarming level.

“The listing of these locations and premises allows for pre-emptive intervention and appropriate action to be taken by the authorities, premises owners and the public to prevent the occurrence of new clusters,” he said.

Meanwhile, Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the state government was looking forward to the implementation of the HIDE system.

Dr Sim who is also Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor said the system would complement the list of Covid-19 exposure locations issued in daily reports by the committee.

“Together with the location of Covid-19 exposure announced in daily SDMC statements, all of us will be able to assess areas of risk.

“We must do our part and play our role (in avoiding the places) and allow the economic sectors to operate with more confidence and ensure public safety,” he said.