KUCHING: The implementation of the movement control order (MCO) in Sarawak is seen as a change for the authorities to bring down the number of Covid-19 cases to a more manageable level.
In making this observation, Demak Laut assemblyman Dr Hazland Abang Hipni, who is Divisional Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) coordinator for coastal Kuching, Samarahan and Lundu, noted that the move was inevitable due to the increasing spread of the disease in all parts of Sarawak.
“Until now 85 clusters are still active in various communities, workplaces, and social settings and so on.
“More worryingly, deaths are occurring every day and intensive care unit (ICU) beds in all government hospitals are full.
“As of Thursday (May 27), only one district has a green status, while 27 are red, three are orange and nine are yellow,” he said after a visit to a home improvement project in Kampung Muihibbah Pending recently.
On the needs of those affected by the implementation of the MCO, Dr Hazland said the state government will address it in various ways.
“I believe the government has thoroughly studied the types of aid to be given to the people during the two-week MCO period.
“During the 2020 MCO, the government provided various initiatives and assistance worth more than RM3 billion through the Sarawakku Sayang Special Assistance (BKSS).
“These include financial assistance, food supplies, subsidies and various other forms of help,” he said.