Only go out if necessary

Ali Biju

KUCHING: Federal Deputy Energy and Natural Resources Minister Datuk Ali Biju has urged residents of Saratok to err on the side of caution after the area was declared a Covid-19 red zone.

“Today (April 13), Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) issued a statement saying Saratok had changed from orange to a red zone after recording 61 cases in 14 days.

“Several longhouses have also been placed under lockdown, among them, Rh Thomas, Sg Brangan, Rh Jonathan, Lichok and Rh Junaidi, Disso.

“I hope residents of these longhouses would give their full cooperation to the frontliners on duty,” he said in a Facebook post today.

Ali said it was crucial that residents observe the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set and be vigilant to curb the spread.

“Avoid going out if there is no important business. In an urgent situation, only the head of the family should leave the house.”

The Saratok MP said the second and third phase of the vaccination programme would start on April 19.

“I urge all residents in Saratok give their full cooperation and register for vaccination as soon as possible through the MySejahtera app or through their community leaders.”

Ali said although the situation was quite alarming in the area, it was under control, with Health ministry personnel working hard to prevent further transmission.

“Together we pray and join hands to fight the spread of Covid-19 in Saratok.It is not an easy thing for frontline workers, but as the people of Saratok, we must work together to fight the spread.”