Sibu needs more hotels as quarantine centres

Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Prof Dr Sim Kui Hian. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: Hotels in Sibu are urged to help in curbing the local Covid-19 transmission by allowing their establishments to be used as quarantine centres.

In making this call, Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said currently, there was not enough hotels in Sibu willing to be used for quarantine purposes.

“I had shared on this topic multiple times on entering Sarawak through Sibu – more hotels are needed to help and allow their places be used for quarantine.

“Secondly, the flights to Sibu must be reduced further,” he said in a Facebook post on Wednesday (Dec 30).

He was responding to the recent imported case that was reported in Sarawak where the case returned from Kuala Lumpur to Sibu and was asked to undergo home quarantine.

While preliminary investigation concluded that the case did not exit his home, he had family members as well as longhouse dwellers over for the Christmas celebration.

“As a result of this positive case, the Divisional Health Office not only had to do PCR swab and quarantined the family members and close contacts but also had to screen those who visited the longhouse and beyond.

“The case may have put the community in Sibu and Meradong at risk,” he said, adding that the next 14 days would be crucial.

Dr Sim said those exposed to the patient needed to come forward and get themselves tested at health clinics where the PCR test is free.

“The worst in West Malaysia is yet to come and while the end of Covid-19 is in sight, the most dangerous period is now.

“Please help to protect Sarawak, do your part and play your role seriously.”