KUCHING: Traders in Meradong have been asked to remain patient while their businesses are closed due to the recent increase in Covid-19 cases in the district.
The local assemblyman Datuk Ding Kuong Hiing said the order to close businesses was aimed at stopping the pandemic from becoming more severe.
“I understand that some trading places have been closed. It is unavoidable as it is one way to protect our health.
“This is not to make life difficult for traders. It’s just that the pandemic is more serious.
“When the number of cases has dropped, hopefully in a few days, we can reconsider reopening the Bintangor market,” he said as quoted by the Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas) in its report today (April 17).
Ding also reminded the public to continue to adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) and stay home if there is no need to go out.
The Meradong and Julau District councils have ordered the closure of the Tebingan Sungai, Bintangor market from April 15 until further notice.
Apart from that, eateries are allowed to sell takeaways at premises supervised by the Meradong District Council. Dine-ins on the other hand are not permitted from April 15 onwards.
The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in its report on Friday (April 16) said there are currently 297 Covid-19 cases reported in the district in the last fourteen days with 176 of them positive.
Currently, there are seven active clusters in the district — Sungai Bakong Cluster, Buluh Pasi Cluster, Sungai Atap Cluster, Tanjung Genting Cluster, Sungai Mupong Cluster, Sungai Kawi Cluster and Sungai Gemuan Cluster.