No Delta variant detected in Sarawak

Uggah speaks to the press.

KUCHING: Sarawak has no Covid-19 cases related to the Delta variant, said State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.

He hoped that this will continue, and there will be no cases of the highly contagious variant of Covid-19 in Sarawak as the state fortifies measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 at its entry points.

“Strict conditions are also implemented and we hope to protect Sarawak so that no delta variant from India enters the state.

“In this regard, Sarawak also has no cases related to the delta variant and we pray that no such cases are reported in the state,” he said.

He was speaking to reporters after presenting his ministry’s contribution of fruits baskets to the front line staff at Stadium Perpaduan vaccination centre (PPV) here today.

The deputy chief minister said the SDMC has enforced stringent standard operating procedure (SOP) which requires Sarawakians returning from Malaya to undergo a Covid-19 swab test before entering the state.

He said previously, Sarawakians returning from Malaya did not need to undergo a swab test three days before leaving for the state but the policy has changed.

“Besides that, for Labuan residents, they need to apply for permission from SDMC to enter Sarawak.

“Meanwhile, individuals who have been in Labuan for 21 days are also prohibited from entering the state,” he said.

Uggah revealed that Sarawak has detected 12 cases of Theta variant as reported on June 30.

“But we pray that the Delta variant will not come to the state. It is a deadlier and contagious variant which we fear very much,” he said.