Schools ordered to close for two weeks

Abang Johari (second right) announces measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus that has already infected 34 in a short period. Photo: Ghazali Bujang

KUCHING: Effective today (March 17) all pre-schools such as kindergartens and Tahfiz schools in Sarawak have been instructed to close for two weeks.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg also said all schools are instructed to extend their holidays for another week till March 29.

“All institutions of higher education are to defer their new academic session by two weeks, effective tomorrow, (March 17),” he said during a press conference in his office at Wisma Bapa Malaysia yesterday on the state’s control over Covid-19.

He also said all public sports facilities including swimming pools, stadiums and gymnasium are to be closed effective today (March 17) until further notice.

“Everyone is advised to practice the highest standard of personal hygiene and to strictly practice social distancing,” he said.

He also strongly advised that all public functions, which involve more than 50 persons, be postponed or cancelled until further notice.

On March 13, Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Hamzah also announced that all major tourism, sports and youth-related events in the state have been postponed after the state’s first confirmed three Covid-19 cases.

He said about 30 other business events were also postponed.

Also present at the press conference were deputy chief ministers Tan Sri James Jemut Masing, Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian, and Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah.