Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

KUCHING: The state government is taking stringent measures to contain the Covid-19 pandemic to prevent a third wave of the virus in Sarawak.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said following the advice of the National Security Council (MKN), programmes such as disinfection and restriction on movements would be undertaken.

“I hope there is no third wave. The MKN has classified areas which need to be inspected and where movement is controlled.

“In Kuala Lumpur, they have also decided that there are some areas that needed Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) so that what happens in there does not overflow to the outside.

“That is also why a strict adherence to movement control order (MCO) between districts is crucial,” he told a press conference yesterday.

He was fielding a question on whether the state government was prepared for a third wave of infections.

As of yesterday, Kuching is classified as the only red zone in Sarawak with 118 recorded Covid-19 cases.

Uggah also announced that the state government now has the capacity to perform 2,000 tests daily in Kuching with Miri and Sibu to follow suit.

“In other words, our capacity to test the patients has increased tremendously and we urge individuals who have direct contacts with Covid-19 positive cases to get themselves screened and not wait for symptoms to show.

“At the Kompleks Belia dan Sukan (an adhoc screening centre), we have areas for patients with symptoms and without symptoms. We hope everyone will show themselves there and we will monitor the cases from time to time,” he said.