Minister thanks hoteliers for added quarantine centres

Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah

KUCHING: The move by three local hotels in Sibu to allow their premises to be used as quarantine centres for persons-under-surveillance (PUS) was lauded by Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

He said with the hotels, there will be an additional 400 rooms which can be used for PUS arriving from outside the state when the movement control order (MCO) in Sibu ends.

“There are currently three hotels in Sibu used by the authorities as quarantine centres with a total of 309 rooms. These include Premier Hotel, Kawan Hotel and Sarawak Hotel.

“With more hotel owners offering their services, the authorities in Sibu will have more accommodation facilities to use,” he said in a Facebook post today.

Abdul Karim said while there are no flights to Sibu during the MCO period, there are still internal flights which the returnees will need to be quarantined for fourteen days.

In the meantime, the Youth and Sports Minister also said that the next two weeks will be a crucial period to determine whether the Covid-19 outbreak in Sibu has been fully contained.

“The state government through the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), the State Health Department and the Ministry of Health (MOH) need the cooperation of all to curb the spread of this pandemic.

“In the central zone itself, the authorities have recently enforced the MCO in 19 longhouses in the Pasai Siong area to prevent the outbreak from spreading to other areas,” he said.

Abdul Karim said while movement of the people is limited due to the MCO, it is pertinent that the spread of Covid-19 is contained.

“Therefore, it is important for all of us to stay home and comply with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the authorities at this challenging time,” he said.