Sibu DDMC proposes mandatory swab testing

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SIBU: The Sibu Division Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) is making swab testing mandatory for people who wish to enter the division.

According to its coordinator, Dr Annuar Rapaee, however, the proposal was still awaiting approval from the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).

“Drastic measures are needed to curb the sudden surge of Covid-19 cases in Sibu.

“We are currently awaiting SDMC’s approval to implement this as a new standard operating procedure (SOP) for those who wish to enter Sibu,” explained Dr Annuar, who is also Sarawak Assistant Education, Science and Technological Research Minister.

Touching on the Sibu DDMC meeting on Friday (Aug 27), he said among the issues to be discussed included a study on dine-ins in coffee shops and restaurants following public complaints about food operators flouting SOPs, as well as a proposal to ban adolescents under 18 years of age from public places.

Sibu District recorded 161 Covid-19 cases on Thursday.

A new cluster, the Semenyan Cluster, involving oil palm plantations in Sengan and Menyan, was also declared. Most of the infected are foreign workers.

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