Mandatory quarantine for incoming travellers stays

Abang Johari (centre) speaks to the media in Sri Aman. He is flanked by Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman and Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas (left) and SDMC advisor and Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian. Photo: Ukas

SIMANGGANG: The mandatory fourteen days’ quarantine procedure for travellers from outside of Sarawak into the state will continue to be implemented.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said currently, there is no change to the existing policy on the part of the state government.

“(The policy) remains. We are still monitoring (the Covid-19 situation) at the moment. If the Health Ministry has determined that we have reached the stage (where it is up for review), we will do so.

“If we reach that, we can review the standard operating procedures (SOPs) in terms of entry into the state,” he said after attending a briefing on the Covid-19 vaccine rollout to teenagers during his visit to Sri Aman yesterday (Sept 11).

Meanwhile, Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman and Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas who was also present said the existing policy remained in use.

“Until now, we are using the current system which is to subject fourteen days’ quarantine (for travellers from outside the state).

“However, we are also reviewing it from time to time as we move from the pandemic phase to endemic.

“Once we are in the endemic phase, we will review most of the policies (in terms of pandemic control). We will go over it, but we can’t reveal when it will be (in effect),” he said.

On Thursday, SDMC advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said Sarawak could be the first state in Malaysia to transition to the endemic phase of Covid-19.

“(In terms of vaccination) Sarawak is moving fast and far ahead of other states in Malaysia and that’s why we have entered into the teen vaccination stage.

“With the high vaccination rate, Sarawak is the first state in Malaysia (to be ready) to move to endemic stage to live with the virus,” he said.