Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

KUCHING: Sarawak did not record any new Covid-19 positive cases yesterday, meaning the total number of positive cases still remains at 544.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said there were nine recoveries and they had been discharged from hospitals.

“Of these cases, eight were from Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) and one from Sibu Hospital. This brings the total number of Covid-19 recoveries to 399 or at 73.35 percent,” he said at a press conference held at the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) building here yesterday.

Apart from that, the number of person-under-investigation (PUI) cases reported yesterday was 64, and the total number of PUIs awaiting laboratory results was 55.

Uggah also mentioned that to date, SDMC had coordinated the return of 4,312 Sarawakian students from Malaya, Sabah and Labuan. Additionally, SDMC had also coordinated 1,195 local students in Sarawak to return to their respective hometowns.

On the public’s compliance with the conditional movement control order (CMCO), he revealed that as of yesterday, a total of 7,943 inter-district travel applications had been received at 28 Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) district headquarters throughout Sarawak.

“Of these, 7,514 were approved and 429 were disapproved,” he said.

Responding to a query whether or not a husband should require a permit to travel between districts to visit home, Uggah believed the situation would be allowed by the police.

“We will facilitate such visit as we understand the requirement (of the family),” he continued.

He further said that a total of 2,161 locations were monitored, comprising supermarkets (270), restaurants (372), factories (32), banks (209), government offices (75), farmers markets (284), places of worship (77), leisure places (46), construction sites (17) and others (779).

He added, “To date, 25,583 notices of opening of economic sectors have been received. Of these, 18,083 were via online and 7,500 by email.”

Also present yesterday were Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian and State Health director Dr Chin Zin Hing.